Why Are Christmas Tree Prices High?

If you’re planning on buying a real Christmas tree this year, you should probably plan to pay a little more for that tree.  Tim O’Connor helps run the National Christmas Tree Association.  He said prices are going to be higher for a variety of reasons: 1.) because supplies are tight this year; 2.) demand is […]

AARP: Watch For Scams This Time Of Year

Now that the holidays are here, the AARP is reminding rural residents to shop safely online and watch for charity scams. Thanks in part to the worldwide supply chain delays the holiday shopping season has started earlier than normal, with shoppers trying to scoop up top gift items before they disappear. That means the online […]

Christmas Tree Expert Don’t Wait To Buy Your Real Tree

With the holidays getting underway next month, the word from Christmas tree growers is that there should be enough real Christmas trees for everybody who wants one. But, Chal Landgren, Oregon State University Christmas tree expert, says there probably won’t be a surplus this year, at least in the Pacific Northwest. He added consumers should […]

Stemilt & Hansen Grant Wishes For Kids In Foster Care

The coronavirus pandemic can’t stop Stemilt and Hansen Fruit from spreading cheer this holiday season. For the eighth year, the two fruit companies played Santa and granted holiday wishes to 177 children in foster care and low income housing in the Wenatchee and Yakima areas. In Wenatchee, Stemilt provided gifts to 146 children who are […]

How Has Christmas Tree Industry Changed Because Of COVID-19

During the summer the National Christmas Tree Association sent guidelines out to tree lots and farms on how they should operate during the pandemic. And for the most part, “the industry did take those best practice recommendations and put them in place,” said Tim O’Connor who helps run the National Christmas Tree Association. O’Connor added […]

Beef Counts Delivering Holiday Beef To Central Washington

The Washington Beef Community is in the central part of the state this week, distributing 2 ½ pound roast to families in need. Melissa DelGadillo, PR Manager at Agribeef said the need is incredible right now, with one in four people facing food insecurity during the pandemic. She pointed out efforts like this are nothing […]

Dr. Christmas Tree Looks At Evolution of Industry

The Christmas tree, more specifically, the Christmas tree industry has changed and evolved considerably over the past four decades.  In the middle of that evolution is Washington State University’s Gary Chastagner, also known as Dr. Christmas Tree.   He notes one of the biggest changes came in the form of consolidation, and bankruptcies, triggered by […]

Senate Won’t Vote on USCMA Until After Christmas

It looks like American farmers will not see an updated NAFTA trade deal under the Christmas tree this year, despite this week’s deal in the House to move USMCA forward. The House of Representatives, plans to vote by the end of next week, sending the trade deal to the Senate. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch […]