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February, 2018

01 Feb 2018 2:15 PM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)

The February meeting was called to order by President Mike Cashman at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena, MT. The minutes and financials were approved by consent agenda. The Board reviewed and approved the 2018-2019 Operating Budget. Beth Eiring from the Montana Department of Agriculture presented an overview of the Nursery Licenses and Revenue. The quarantine on Bailey Nurseries was discussed. The board encouraged the Department to have further discussion with Bailey representatives to turn this into a positive situation. Kate Dinsmore from the Montana/Idaho ASLA joined the meeting by conference call. Discussion followed on how to partner with the ASLA group for the benefit of both organizations. The Fall Tour was discussed. Plans are to hold the tour in Great Falls in September. Jennifer Weiss reported that MNLA has been approached to offer a plant ID test for FFA students. The need for adding a Landscape Horticulture Technician program at Gallatin College was discussed. The CPP Manual Updates should be ready soon and new manuals printed. Short Course Study Scholarships were discussed. The Scholarship Committee will meet again soon to further define the process. A report was given on the Billings MNLA Chapter. The Board approved the Chapters adding their location on the logo, i.e. *Billings Chapter. This would apply to all cities that hold Chapter meetings. Bozeman was encouraged to begin Chapter meetings in 2018. Caroline and Ryan gave a report on the Idaho Hort Expo and Shane and Mike reported on the AMTOPP conference. Expo evaluations were reviewed. 2019 Vendor booth fees were raised 10%. Caroline shared speaker ideas for the 2019 Expo in Billings. She will begin contacting those on her list to learn of their availability. The desired 2020 Expo location is Bozeman if construction is completed on the Holiday Inn.

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