NC sees bumper crop of Christmas trees this year

NC State Fraser Fir Field Research

Christmas tree research and extension programs at North Carolina State University cover all aspects of production and marketing and are collaboratively conducted across several departments in both the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Natural Resources (CNR).

Have you selected the perfect Christmas tree yet?  Did you know that when you purchase a tree you are making a difference to North Carolina’s and the nation’s  economy?  According to the News & Observer…

“Farm income from Christmas trees totaled $85 million last year, though analysts say prices have been trending down for several years due to competition from fakes.  Real-tree dealers face heavy competition from artificial trees, which coupled with the down economy has put pressure on lower prices, said John Frampton, forestry professor at N.C. State University. But the industry expects the same slow uptick that much of the economy is seeing.”

Read the complete article in The News & Observer


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