The MNLA Board of Directors met at the Staybridge Inn & Suites Conference Room in Great Falls, MT on September 13. The minutes and financial reports were approved. The Board welcomed Mark Necodom, the new Administrator at the Department of Agriculture and shared questions and comments with him. Jyl reported that the Nursery & Landscape Association Executives (NLAE) conference will come to Montana this year to the Lodge at Whitefish Lake. Membership numbers are down slightly compared to this time last year. Jyl has been calling those who have not renewed. Shane reported John Lawyer is retiring and closing his long time nursery business. The Billings Chapter golf tournament had 21 teams this year compared to 25 last year. There was still a good turnout and great support for the event. The new CPP manual is now in a pdf version and will be placed on the website. Exam fees will be increased to $50 each for the written and plant ID exams. Expo speakers and booth sales were updated. Best of Show awards will be given out at the Thursday luncheon rather than the Wednesday night banquet to allow more time for voting. The MNLA Leadership Handbook was reviewed and approved. The Specialty Crop Block Grant was revisited and we will submit the Tree and Shrub Guide again with some additions to the grant including an app and sortable database option. Toby Day will write the grant for us again. The 2020 Expo will be held in Missoula. The next meeting will be held by conference call on October 18.