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Speaker: Ali Noorani
Illustrating the National Immigration Forum’s work with conservative and moderate faith, law enforcement and business leaders, Ali will discuss the value and importance of immigrants to the American economy and various industries, including the agricultural sector. He will discuss how local communities and economies across the US benefit from immigrants, and the cultural and political context of today’s immigration debate.
Moderated by Jeff Stone, Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Nurseries
The lack of available labor is at a crisis point. The nursery industry is at risk and the political climate is volatile. National and regional experts dive into what can be done, what visas may emerge from Congress, and the severe challenges that are ahead for the green industry. Come hear the gritty reality and get a peek behind the curtain of what efforts are being made to help the nursery and greenhouse industry survive.
Marketing timelines are essential for the successful introduction of new plants. But often, these timelines are not known by all those who assist in bringing plants to market. This panel of expert GWA/OAN-members will share tips and timelines for growers about a variety of plant introductions. The presentation will also help garden communicators understand the years/decades it takes to develop new plants and share the schedule information that those in the media need to know when preparing articles, blogs, or ad promotions. Determining demand, defining the audience, identifying media outlets’ requirements, and timing the launch are as important as producing quantities of unique, top-quality plants to match the market’s needs.
Speaker: Michael Stolp
How is succession planning forged in your business? Hot and hammered into shape, or formed by concentrated effort? In this pragmatic presentation, real-world stories illustrate why succession planning is a priority, what gets in the way, and how you and your family can start building your plan. Learn how to create alignment between your business, succession plan and estate plan by building from a common foundation and being business smart and family friendly. Finally, get the short-cut to wisdom ... and youth!
Speaker: Jana McKamey
Discover the growing economic reach of Oregon's wineries and vineyards and opportunities for Oregon nurseries within the Oregon wine industry. The session will identify common issues faced by the Oregon vineyards and nurseries and opportunities to collaborate on solutions.