While you won’t see winter decorations or hear holiday carols in the local retail stores just yet, it’s time to think about Michigan Christmas trees! The Michigan Christmas Tree Association was in the holiday spirit for their annual meeting at Peterson’s Riverview Nursery in Allegan on July 25.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development works closely with the Michigan Christmas tree industry and its growers across the state. Our state proudly ranks third in the nation in the number of Christmas trees harvested; supplying approximately three million fresh trees to the national market each year. Michigan produces and sells more than a dozen Christmas tree varieties on a wholesale level, which are more varieties than any other state.
Additionally, our state has approximately 42,000 acres in commercial Christmas tree production, with an annual farm gate value of more than $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.
One of our greatest assets is the diversity of our state’s food and agriculture sector. Michigan is fortunate to enjoy more than 300 food and agricultural commodities produced on nearly 52,000 farms statewide. Overall, Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses continue to grow – generating $96 billion in total economic activity.
The holiday season is still four months away, but when your family is looking to purchase their Christmas tree, be sure to make it a fresh cut Michigan Christmas tree. Purchasing a Michigan Christmas tree is good for the environment and good for your local economy.
Submitted by Jamie Clover Adams, director, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development