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April, 2018

15 Apr 2018 2:26 PM | Kevin Johnson (Administrator)

The April Conference Call meeting was called to order by President Mike Cashman. The minutes and financials were approved by consent agenda. Beth Eiring from Montana Department of Ag reported on the nursery license income. They have hired a full time and a part-time inspector. They have not had any pushback to the fee increase. They are proactively calling people to get them into the right categories and to let them know the categories are changing. Shane asked what would be done with the extra dollars; Beth stated long-term plan for program is to have two full time inspectors; also potential to hire a seasonal inspector who could be combined with Apiary Program – this person could do inspections for both programs; Beth would like to revisit this question after a full year of revenue has come in. Further discussion was had regarding the scholarship program and doing a trial competition for FFA. More research will be done on both. Arbor Day plans for Kalispell, Laurel and Billings were discussed.

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