TNLA wants to express our concern for all members and their businesses who are being impacted by COVID-19. While we are all looking to find our path to rewire the way we all do business, TNLA is committed to offering efficient ways to provide your company with member benefits to succeed.
Based on our close monitoring of ongoing developments, recent reports from public health officials and extensive consultation with our partners and members in the Texas Green Industry, TNLA is rapidly modifying its programs, events and its office to continue to provide your company with the essential resources needed.
The first step we are implementing is the TNLA Staff is teleworking and will remain dedicated to providing members with continuous support. If at any time you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of the TNLA Staff. We are here to help when and where possible.
The second step is the Association will be cancelling and postponing some of our events and meetings occurring throughout March and April, and in some cases, we will also be modifying some of our events to offer them online through a virtual platform.
Below is a list of current events to be either canceled, postponed or offered in an online format:
- TNLA West Texas Workshop will be postponed to a later date, stay tuned for more information to come.
- TNLA’s Region IV will modify its meeting offering an online webinar for all members to remotely watch Dr. Charlie Hall discuss “Current Economic State of the Green Industry.” (Spots are limited and filling up fast, click here to register for the webinar)
- TNLA’s Region V meeting at Tierra Verde Golf Club has been rescheduled for September 15, 2020.
- Until further notice, all other region meetings and events are cancelled for the months of March and April.
We know many of you are in the midst of preparation for your staff as it pertains to office operating procedures, leave, workers comp etc. TNLA will keep you in the loop as we continue to track Federal and State Legislation on Sick Leave Policies. Stay on the lookout for more information to come.
TNLA helping Texas Green Industry To Avoid Lockdown:
As the week has progressed so has the sense of urgency to get the word out to our policymakers to include horticulture as an “essential business” in the event of any potential lockdown. Lockdowns of any serious length threaten our spring crops and could wipe out our business at their seasonal peak. TNLA is sending three separate letters to state leaders including Gov. Greg Abbott and Ag Commissioner Sid Miller.
For Growers and Horticulture Operations, TNLA has partnered with the Texas Agriculture Council urging state policymakers to include all of Agriculture as an "essential business" in any potential declaration of a statewide lockdown or state recommendations for local lockdowns. The peak of spring is upon our industry and crops must be tended to or lost.
For Landscape Services, our Association has partnered with the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) in a letter to highlight the essential nature for landscape services including the reality that landscape services cut down on pests and disease and help reduce crime.
TNLA will be sending a third letter urging the essential nature of garden center retailers to our state policymakers. The morale boost and general health benefits of working with plants in the garden and yard should be a focus in instances where our citizens are told to self-isolate. Many home and community gardens are providing food for a family or local neighborhood
We intend to have all of these letters available for our member businesses in the event your local officials institute a local lockdown. TNLA is closely monitoring this situation on both a Federal and State level and will provide additional information as it occurs.
Landscape Prepare and Stay on the Lookout:
- Effective March 18, 2020, all U.S. Consulates in Mexico and Central America will cease all visa processing, until further notice. TNLA understands the full impact this has on our member's businesses who are currently struggling with record-low unemployment and a worker shortage which limits the ability for companies to complete their contracts to stay open for business. You can find additional information by clicking here. TNLA will continue to provide additional updates as they arise.
Retail Garden Centers Tips to Keep Your Message Growing:
- TNLA also realizes that more than ever consumers will be at home, and to help provide them with a creative outlet the Association has created Embrace Your Space, a campaign made for your retail garden center to download social media images to use on your campaigns and messaging to customers, click here to get started today! Embrace Your Space offers tips and tricks for consumers to use this time to source products from their local retail garden center to create their own space within their home gardens in order to have fun being outside while planting vegetables and fruits along with plants for the entire family to enjoy.
TNLA’s Endorsed Service Provider, Hotchkiss Insurance, has helped us by gathering the below resources and information to provide your staff regarding COVID-19.
- Sample Communications to Employees
- Coronavirus Disease FAQ / Spanish Version
- What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease / Spanish Version
- Stop the Spread of Germs / Spanish Version
TNLA is dedicated to serving our members. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work fast to keep up with the daily changes the Industry continues to face. This Industry knows what it means to be ‘Texas Strong’ and it is at times like these that together we will continue to grow!