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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2007

CONTACT: John Snipes
NCDA&CS Marketing Specialist
(919) 733-7887, ext. 236

North Carolina offers 400 choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms

            RALEIGH – North Carolinians who want to choose their own Christmas tree while it’s still in the ground have plenty of options across the state.

“There are more than 400 choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms across North Carolina, so chances are good that you’ll find one within a short drive of your home,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

Our growers produce beautiful Christmas trees, which is why North Carolina had a tree selected for display at the White House this year for the 10th time. That’s more than any other state.”

Finding a Christmas tree farm is easy. Just log on to www.ncfarmfresh.com, or request the choose-and-cut farm directory by calling the Marketing Division at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (919) 733-7887.

Most choose-and-cut farms will cut, bale and load trees onto vehicles for safe transport home. Many also offer garland, wreaths, sprays and other greenery as accents for holiday decorating.

Gov. Mike Easley has proclaimed Dec. 1-8 as N.C. Choose-and-Cut Christmas Tree Week, kicking off the season when many North Carolinians select their trees.

North Carolina’s 2007 Christmas tree harvest should top 5 million trees from more than 1,500 growers. Growers in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain grow pines, cedars and other types well-suited to warmer climates, while mountain growers raise the Fraser fir and other varieties.

North Carolina leads the nation in cash receipts from Christmas trees and greenery, with sales of $134 million in 2006. The state ranks second nationally in Christmas tree production and first in production of the Fraser fir.

For more information on North Carolina Christmas trees, go to the N.C. Christmas Tree Association’s Web site at www.ncchristmastrees.com or the Eastern North Carolina Christmas Tree Growers Association site at www.nc-chooseandcut.com.

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