Spring 2017 got off to a cold and snowy start for most of the state, but the end of May brought some great weather to boost sales. I hope that the good moisture and the good weather in between has been a benefit to all of our member businesses. 2017 brought us a busy legislative session and SB 55(Nursery Fee Bill) finally passed. Now that SB 55 has been signed into law we can look forward to building an effective Nursery program with the Montana Department of Ag and the Nursery Specialist, Beth Eiring. Beth will work with the MNLA and will be speaking at our 2018 Green Expo to discuss the MT Dept of Ag Nursery Program.
Our fall tour in Great Falls is beginning to take shape for Sept 7th & 8th . We owe a big thank you to Ryan Forde and Sarah Kleinsmidt for heading up the MNLA Fall tour 2017 committee. There are many fun tour stops, a golf tournament, an MNLA board meeting, and the CPP Exam scheduled for the two day event. It will be a Fall Tour packed with education, fun, and plenty of comradery for all of our members.
Jyl Story and Mike Cashman are already busy working on Montana Green Expo 2018 in Missoula at the Hilton Garden Inn on Jan 10. Most of the speakers are already chosen and the itinerary is taking shape. Please keep an eye out for sponsorship opportunities and also get the word out about the excellent MNLA Scholarship opportunities for aspiring horticulture students. I wish you all a very successful summer and I look forward to seeing you all at the Fall Tour in Great Falls on Sept 7.