March 25, 2020
Dear MELNA members,
In response to a series of letters sent to the Commissioner of Agriculture late Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening I received the following response.
I’ve confirmed with the Governor’s office that horticulture is indeed intended to be included within the broad definition of agriculture in regards to the Executive Order announced today.
Please let us know if you have any further questions.
Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
22 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0022
So—– stay productive and stay safe. Practice the CDC guidelines as announced!
Donald F. Sproul
Executive Director, Maine Landscape & Nursery Assn.
March 20, 2020
MELNA is serving as your voice with legislators and the community; whether your business is a wholesale grower, nursery retailer, landscape business, supplier, service provider or more than one of these, MELNA is concerned about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on you, your employees and your business. We are in constant communication with the governor’s office, legislators and the department of agricultural resources so that your concerns are heard and understood.
The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry has developed a Web page at https://www.maine.gov/dacf/covid19/ to provide you with the latest information and links to assist you with navigating this challenge. Feel free to use this information within your businesses.
In the meantime, there is no “business as usual” for any of us. It will be prudent to make your business as flexible as possible if we are going to be able to sell product or provide service to our customers. Think about things like:
Please feel free to share any of your thoughts with me as we navigate through these unsettling times. I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donald F. Sproul
Maine Landscape & Nursery Association