April 14, 2020

Dear MNLGA Members:

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Attention new members: I send new updates every day and really do not repeat a lot of the same information. Chelsea has added to the MNLGA’s COVID-19 resources page the COVID-19 based member alerts since we began issuing them on March 16 th . Please review them if you are hunting for older information.

New changes to the CARES Act and PPP treatment of the Payroll Tax Deferral Option – updates since April 10 th - If you receive a loan under the PPP, upon receiving a decision from your lender that your PPP loan is forgiven, you are no longer eligible to defer deposit and payment of Employer Social Security tax payments after that date.  IRS FAQ dealing with this subject, linked here.   If you have questions regarding your company, it is advised that you contact your payroll processing company or accountant. 

As mentioned early last week, my peer group, NLAE, compiled a U.S/Canada map on which COVID-19 mandates may be found by state/province . Each state/province, will have whether or not the “Big 4” – Nursery, Greenhouse, Garden Centers, Landscape – are “open,” “closed,” or “restricted” and then links to the authoritative documentation are provided. Access that map here .

I noted the University of MD Ag Law Initiative Risk Management blog sometime last week or so. This is a reminder of that blog as there is some very good content dealing with COVID-19 issues. You can sign up to receive an e-mail when there are new posts and filter out what and when to read from there.  Link here . You can also search old postings; try a search by month to get the most relevant COVID-19 reports. 

Below are just a few things to note:

Webinars :
NLAE – I know I should but…. Jim Paluch and Scott Wentworth
Wednesday, April 10 th 10 – 11 EDT Register  No fee

Garden Center Magazine - Virtual Spring Trials – 2020 California Spring Trials Virtual Conference
Tuesday, April 14th 12 – 2 EDT Register

AmericanHort – No Contact Sales: A Discussion with Garden Center Retailers

AmericanHort – Updates to the SBA Paycheck Protection Program Application Process

NLAE – Choose to Grow Forward panel

Remember to utilize the COVID-19 resources page on the MNLGA website . It includes resources to help connect with consumers, explanations and access to state and federal recovery, employment, and relief efforts, and more.

Please keep me in the loop and let me know how the MNLGA can help you.

Vanessa A. Finney
Executive Director, MNLGA