Hoosier Ag Today by: Gary Truitt
More and more families are heading to Christmas tree farms for a live Christmas tree. From 2009 to 2014, USDA reported Christmas tree sales increased by more than $100 million dollars. The 2014 Horticultural Specialties report released earlier this month shows production increased from 13 million trees in 2009 to 20 million cut Christmas trees sold in 2014. Oregon, North Carolina and Michigan continued to rank top in the nation for number of trees sold, as well as the value of sales. With 15.4 million trees cut and sold, growers in these three states accounted for nearly 78 percent of all cut Christmas trees sold in the United States in 2014. USDA notes that’s an impressive jump, given tree farmers can invest more than eight years growing a Christmas tree for harvest.
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