In January, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced a new bill to reform immigration laws. But according to OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone, the bill as presently constituted would leave agriculture sectors, including nurseries, far short of the workers they need. Among its requirements, the bill would force all employers to implement the […]
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has completed year one of a proposed five-year eradication program for Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica), a nursery and garden pest that feeds on turf as well as more than 300 plant species. The beetles were found in the Cedar Mill area west of Portland in 2016. This past summer, the […]
As Oregon’s largest agricultural sector, the nursery and greenhouse industry depends on an integrated transportation system so product can get to market. Nearly 75 percent of the nursery stock we grow ends up leaving our borders, with more than half ticketed for markets east of the Mississippi River. As a trade association, we have supported […]
Transporting nearly a billion-dollars’ worth of Oregon-grown plant material takes trucks and trains — and lots of them. Droves of railroad cars, dry and refrigerated (refer) vans are needed to move shipments of plants across the state and to faraway places across the continent. Growers ship their plants to market with the help of transportation […]
As a leader and innovator in plant production, Oregon’s nursery and greenhouse industry has an equal responsibility to make a difference on the environmental side of the coin. We frequently remind our members of Congress and the Oregon Legislature that the industry sends ecologically friendly green products out of the state, bringing traded sector dollars […]
While Oregon employers can end employment at any time and for any reason, there are several exceptions.
The May 2017 issue of Digger looks at three of the major issues facing the horticulture industry’s future.
In this special edition of Digger magazine, we look at water, one of the key ingredients for growing plants.
Overly complex. Highly litigious. Subject to severe shortages. Critical for the long-term survival of the nursery and greenhouse industry. Got water?
With marijuana now legal to grow in Oregon, the state government and established agricultural industry are attempting to get cannabis production under control.