State encourages people to buy Michigan Christmas trees
By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
LANSING, MI (WNEM) -
The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) encourages residents to support Michigan's 700 Christmas tree growers and the 54 poinsettia growers.
"Michigan ranks third nationally in Christmas tree production and seventh in the U.S. in poinsettia production," said MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams. "Whether it's cutting your own tree at your local Christmas tree farm, or purchasing a fresh tree or poinsettia from a local retailer, fresh Michigan Christmas trees and poinsettias add a special touch to holiday celebrations."
With an annual wholesale value of $40 million, Michigan Christmas tree growers harvest approximately 3 million trees. Michigan produces and sells more than a dozen tree varieties on a wholesale basis -- more varieties than any other state. Michigan poinsettia growers will produce 2.3 million plants this holiday season.
"By choosing real Michigan grown Christmas trees and poinsettias this holiday, you're supporting Michigan growers and the economy, as well as creating holiday memories for years to come," said Marsha Gray, Executive Director of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.
"In addition, fresh Michigan poinsettias and Christmas trees in the home provide health benefits as they help to increase levels of fresh air and work to remove the presence of every day toxic chemicals," commented Dean Krauskopf of the Michigan Floriculture Growers Council. "Real Michigan Christmas trees and poinsettias are the fresh, fragrant and natural choice."
By choosing real Michigan grown Christmas trees and poinsettias this holiday season, you're supporting Michigan growers, not to mention honoring holiday traditions and creating lifelong family memories.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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