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Christmas Tree Association hosts meeting

MASON, MI -- More than 325 Christmas tree growers from Michigan and several neighboring states will meet this Friday and Saturday, July 27-28, in Mason, MI, in preparation of the holiday season, when they will deliver REAL Christmas trees to consumers around the country. 
The Michigan Christmas Tree Association hosts an annual summer meeting to bring the latest in growing techniques, farm operation, and updates in pesticide and herbicide application to the Christmas tree growers in the state. Attendees are also able to meet with vendors that supply the industry at the trade show. 
This years’ meeting is extra special as we are partnering with the Mid-America Christmas Tree Association, Illinois Christmas Tree Association, and the Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association!
The event will be hosted by Mel and Laurie Koelling of Tannenbaum Farms. Growers will also have the opportunity to tour a Laingsburg, Michigan tree farm; Peacock Road Family Farm, owned by Ed and Diana Carpenter.
The meeting will highlight the wide range of knowledge and skills needed to produce beautiful and high-quality Christmas trees. Michigan State University Research and Extension develops the educational programing for the meeting. Meeting attendees will have the opportunity to visit and tour the MSU trial fields and learn about some of the Christmas tree related projects that are currently in progress. In addition to the MSU tours, there will be presentations from some of our industry thought leaders on the topics of taxes, agritourism, and more. There will be farm tours, in-field learning opportunities, equipment demonstrations, and a large industry trade show. A special tractor has been shipped in for the meeting from Denmark by Jutek, a company specializing in high clearance tractors. This innovative tractor will be demonstrated at the meeting along with other types of Christmas tree farming equipment.
Michigan ranks third in the nation in the number of Christmas trees harvested, supplying approximately 1.7 million fresh Christmas trees to the national market each year. Michigan also produces and sells more than nine major Christmas tree species on a wholesale level, which is more species than any other state. Our state has approximately 27,000 acres in commercial Christmas tree production, with an annual farm gate value of more than $27 million. The industry receives an additional $1.3 million in sales of wreaths, cut boughs, garland, and other cut greens. For every Christmas tree harvested, Michigan Christmas tree farmers plant three new trees for future harvests.