Christmas Tree Grower Encourages Others to Plant Trees

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One Virginia Christmas tree farmer urges fellow producers to get into the Christmas tree business. Jim Gehlsen says it requires minimum financial investment with long-term success. Gary Crawford with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has more. Source: USDA Sponsored ContentNuseed Carinata Covers New GroundJuly 15, 2024TriEst Ag Group: Partners in ProfitabilityApril 1, 2024SECURE FUNDING NOW | USDA-Sponsored Farming Project …

Grower Testimonial: Christmas Trees Selling Earlier

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By Clint Thompson Consumers are purchasing live Christmas trees earlier than ever before. It started the weekend before Thanksgiving this year. That’s good news for producers who are able to capitalize on an early market, said Steve Mannard, with Fish River Farms in Baldwin County, Alabama. “Most of the farmers now open the weekend before Thanksgiving and we resisted that …

Christmas Tree Production Can Be Rewarding but Challenging

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By Clint Thompson Christmas tree production is a venture growing with popularity in Alabama. It provides great potential for retirees and is sure to attract customers looking to partake in the family experience every year. But aspiring producers need to understand the time, energy and work involved in ensuring trees are ready in the fall. Jeremy Pickens, Alabama assistant Extension …

Alabama Christmas Tree Grower Workshop

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Alabama farmers and Christmas tree enthusiasts can learn more about Christmas tree production during a grower workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. EDT. Alabama Cooperative Extension is coordinating with the Southern Christmas Tree Association to host the workshop which will be held at the Wadsworth Christmas Tree Farm at 3071 Dexter Road, Wetumpka, Alabama, 36092. Attendees will …

Christmas Tree Growers Optimistic About Industry’s Future

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It wasn’t long ago that Christmas tree growers were worried about the long-term future of their industry. But today that worry has transformed into renewed optimism, according to Gary Crawford with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, says, ”The industry met the demand in 2021 and will do so again …

‘Plenty’ of Christmas Trees in Stock

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By Clint Thompson It is that time of year again when  families across the Southeast will venture out to Christmas tree farms to find that nice addition to the Christmas season this year. Jeremy Pickens, Alabama Assistant Extension professor in horticulture at Auburn University, says there are plenty of trees to choose from this holiday season. “I think that supply …

Christmas Trees Arriving at Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

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CHARLOTTE – Fresh-cut North Carolina Christmas trees will be arriving at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market Friday for shoppers eager to get a jump on their holiday decorating. To accommodate shoppers, the market will be open every Sunday, Nov. 27 to Dec. 18, from noon to 5 p.m.              “Our state is renowned for its Christmas trees, ranking second in …

Christmas Tree Sales: It’s Unreal

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By Clint Thompson Christmas tree sales started early and ended earlier for one South Georgia farmer. “The sales were unreal,” said Jerry Hubbard, owner of Hubbard Christmas Tree Farm in Thomasville, Georgia. Hubbard’s ‘unreal’ year of Christmas tree sales started in mid-November and ended in mid-December. People visited from all over the Southeast to cut a tree. Hubbard even had …

Christmas Tree Season: Record Sales Expected Again

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By Clint Thompson Last year was a banner season for Christmas tree farms in Alabama. Jeremy Pickens, Alabama Assistant Extension Professor in Horticulture at Auburn University, expects more of the same this year. In fact, consumers should not procrastinate too long to purchase a tree this holiday season. “I think (the industry’s) holding steady and growing. We’re probably picking up, …

A Southern Fir Christmas Tree is on the Horizon for Ornamental, Timber Industries

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By Mark Czarnota for CAES News During the holiday season in the U.S., more than 20 million freshly cut Christmas trees are sold every year, with fir trees topping the most-desired list. Unfortunately growers cannot meet the needs of consumers, and every year, there is a shortage of trees, primarily due to the incredible losses of susceptible firs — including …