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Iowa Grown Christmas Trees A Million Dollar Business

Mon 11-30-2015

(Undated)-- Iowa-grown Christmas trees are worth a million dollars annually to Iowa's economy. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says tree farms make good use of land that might not be suitable for raising other crops...Iowa Xmas Trees01 

As the industry grows, he says revenue from Christmas trees are now a significant source of yearly family income for some farmers.

Northey adds most trees grown on Iowa farms are between six and 12 years old, depending on size and variety. He says those who get their trees from an Iowa farm can make the experience part of their holiday traditions...Iowa Xmas Trees02 

The most popular trees in Iowa are Scotch Pine, with needles up to two and-a-half inches in length, and White Pine, which is softer and has even longer needles. The Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association website has a directory of farms and their hours of operation, online at www.IowaChristmasTrees.com.

(From Iowa News Service)