‘Christmas Trees’ Didn’t Plant Accordingly
December 9th, 2021
OMAHA-The squeezing of current Christmas tree markets for this holiday reflected long-term trends within the Christmas tree industry and surging demand associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Christmas tree industry in Michigan and the U.S. has struggled with weak prices for years. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA statistics, the number of Christmas trees harvested in the U.S. declined by 27% between 2002 and 2017. During roughly the same time 2000-2014 the acreage of Christmas trees in Michigan the third-largest producer in the nation declined by nearly 50%, and the number of farms decreased from 830 to 560.