The slow decline of the CANGC

Interesting turn of events for the CANGC (California Association of Nurseries and Garden Centers). This organization has been around 100 years! Never the less the tough economic times has forced the organization to fall under the umbrella of The California Grain and Feed Association. According to a CANGC Press release, the Grain Association"has 30 years of experience and has a team of professionals that offer complete service management to satisfy organizational needs.  By sharing resources and overhead with other organizations, the team management approach will allow the CANGC to provide a high level of membership value, utilize its finances more efficiently and receive the highest level of service by qualified and experienced professionals.  They currently manage or provide services to over 20 other associations such as the California Seed Association, the Pacific Egg and Poultry Association, the California State Floral Association, the California Pear Advisory Board and the California Warehouse Association." I feel the downward turn of events for this association was when they decided to allow the box stores to become members about 15 years ago. The box stores came in, copied the California Certified Nurserperson idea and created their own certification program, that they administer. Just my 2 cents.

What do you think of this move by the association?