Issued today by the Oregon Association of Nurseries: Wilsonville, Ore. – Biodynamic farming techniques, Oregon wine tasting, conifer arboretum, a national award-winning zoo and one of the country’s largest cut flower businesses. These are a few of the discoveries in store for guests at the 2009 Farwest Show Nursery Tours. Most important, the tours include […]
Hoop house bill passes House, also
Yesterday we told you that House Bill 2904 (HTML|PDF) passed the Oregon Senate. Today we can report that it passed the Oregon House by a 59-0 vote. The bill blocks a move by the Oregon Department of Revenue to treat hoop houses as permanent structures on property tax statements. Without the bill, nursery owners would […]
Hip hoop hooray
Hoop house growers are no doubt rejoicing as House Bill 2904 passed the Oregon Senate this afternoon, 28-0. Next the bill goes back to the House for concurrence.
Headed to the governor
Senate Bill 570 (HTML|PDF) received final approval from the Legislature today and is headed for Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s desk. The bill would address metal thefts by requiring scrap dealers to keep more thorough records, produce them when demanded by law enforcement, and pay sellers by check mailed to their street address, rather than cash.
The new version of House Bill 2904 that deals with threatened hoop house taxation is now posted on the Web (HTML|PDF). It’s a multipurpose bill dealing with exclusive farm use designations and other matters; the pertinent language for hoop house owners specifically is contained way down at the bottom: A real property building, structure or […]
Hoop house relief
A whole lot of nurseries may soon be breathing a sigh of relief. Earlier this week we talked about the possibility that hoop houses – the unheated, frame-and-plastic enclosures growers use to protect plants and ready them for market – could be assessed on property tax statements as if they were permanent structures. It’s a change […]
U.S. and Canadian officials have struck an agreement for organic equivalency. In other words, if something has met the Canadian standards to be certified organic, then it is also deemed to be certified organic by the United States, and vice versa. Read about it at The Packer Web site.
Knocked for a hoop
This spring, the Oregon Department of Revenue (ODR) proposed a rule change that would tax hoop houses as if they were permanent structures – a move that could greatly add to the tax bills of growers who own dozens if not hundreds of the poly-film enclosures. OAN Director of Government Relations Jeff Stone testified before […]
Riding out the storm
“It was the fastest hitting and departing storm I’ve seen,” said Grace Dinsdale, owner of Blooming Nursery in Cornelius, Ore. Last Thursday’s sudden squall raced its way through Western Oregon, bringing dust clouds, high winds, harsh rains, thunder, lightning, hail, and even flash floods, funnel clouds and tornadoes. Some 50,000 people lost power, and temperature […]
Green Communities Act introduced
The Oregon Association of Nurseries, and numerous other green industry trade groups, are getting behind the Green Communities Act, a federal bill introduced recently by U.S. Rep. Alyson Schwartz (D-Penn.). The bill would direct the U.S. Department of Commerce to award matching grants to up to 80 municipalities towards improving their “green infrastructure.” This could […]