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Oregon Department of Agriculture, Plant Division, Nursery and Christmas Tree Program
Mission Statement
"The Nursery and Christmas Tree Program assists the nursery and Christmas tree industries in the production, marketing, and protection of Oregon nursery stock and Christmas trees."

Annual Performance Measures

The program exists within the Plant Division of the Oregon Department of Agriculture and was developed to protect Oregon's nursery and Christmas tree industries from the introduction and spread of plant pests, disease, and noxious weeds. The program provides services to licensed Oregon nurseries and Christmas tree growers that assist in the production, marketing, and protection of Oregon nursery stock and Christmas trees

The department offers three different types of nursery licenses, including one for dealers, one for greenhouse growers of herbaceous plants, and one for wholesale growers and collectors of native plants. All nurseries that operate as dealers, growers or agents are required to have a current nursery license. A license is NOT required for the following: businesses whose total sales do not exceed $250 per fiscal year; landscaping business that do not grow or store live plant material for more than one year; field and forage crops; seeds of grasses, cereal grains, vegetable crops and flowers; bulbs and tubers of vegetable crops; vegetable or fruit used for food or feed; cut flowers, unless stems or other portions thereof are intended for propagation. Growers of Christmas trees with acreage in excess of one acre are also required to license with the ODA.

The Nursery and Christmas tree program has a staff of 16, consisting of 12 horticulturists, one inspection program auditor, one administrative specialist, one data entry specialist, and one program supervisor. The program mainly serves Oregon's approximate 3,500 nurseries and 610 Christmas tree growers. Actions of the program also provide protection from damaging pest, disease, and noxious weeds to other segments of Oregon's agriculture and horticultural communities as well as the natural resources in the urban and rural environment. The program is financed entirely through license and other fees collected from nursery and Christmas tree growers.