From the Executive Director …

The MGGC board has decided that with all of the uncertainty in the world today, to cancel the annual meeting we had scheduled for October 19 in Traverse City. With the recent Executive Order issued by Governor Whitmer not allowing more than 10 people to meet at one time in the northern part of the state, we decided to cancel now and work towards a great event next year. We will let everyone know when the date and place are as soon as it is set up.

Today we are making sure you have all of the information you need to follow the latest Order affecting the greenhouse industry. We have included the state’s template that helps you have your plan ready and in your file by August 10 as required by the Order. We have also included a list of available testing labs and a link to MDARD’s form to file for assistance with the testing. If you have any needs that are not met by the links we have provided, please call Cindy at 517-367-2033 or me at 231-301-4888 and we will try to help you find what you need to be able to be prepared by the August 24th testing deadline. I will continue to work towards a more sensible way to keep our employees and families protected and keep you up to date on any changes that happen.

Stay well,


MDHHS Order on COVID19 Testing

By August 10, all agricultural and greenhouse operations are expected to have a plan in place to complete the testing, if they have 20 or more employees on one shift.  We recommend that all greenhouses go ahead and develop this plan now, it does not have to be implemented until you are at the 20 employee criteria.

Here is the suggested template for your plan:

By August 24, They expect all testing should be completed.
There are three options for testing:
1.  Comany Facility Testing  –  You will bring a testing facility to you or option to send tests for the company.  Here are two resources you might check out:
Optimed Health Partners 269-250-8689  (Kalamazoo area)
Arctic Medical Labs 1-866-964-5128 (Grand Rapids)
There is also a list available here,9753,7-406-99891_99912-531370–,00.html
NOTE: These expenses are valid for the Agricultural Grants available at .

2. State of Michigan Assistance – Request help from the State of Michigan to conduct testing, as they are able.  E-mail this request form  to .

3. Utilize local Testing Facilities – This would utilize the employees exisiting insurance, as most are covering the cost of the test.  The employee would need to report back to you with the results of the testing.


Cindy Ray
Author: Cindy Ray

Cindy has years of experience in association management and administrative support.