No Christmas Tree Shortage-Pt.1
I'm Bob Larson. By now, we've all heard about this year's
Christmas Tree Shortage. By God, if you want a tree, get out early
and be ready to pay more.
I found that interesting, considering Pacific Northwest
Christmas Tree Association Executive Director, Angie Smith says
there is NO SHORTAGE …
SMITH … "We are not going to run out of Christmas trees. I can
tell you that there is no situation different this year than there
has been the last several years. Three has, admittedly, been a
tighter supply, but everyone has gotten a tree in the past couple
of years and everybody will get a tree this year as well."
But what about the grower who said we'd fall a million trees
short this year?
SMITH … "I saw that article and I was a bit shocked at that
statistic. I have no idea where they determined the trees would be
short by a full million. I don't know where they're getting their
Although, Smith says there are few growers than a decade ago
SMITH … "I do know that Christmas trees take five, six, seven,
eight years to grow to the right size. And, about ten years ago, we
had several situations that came into play at the same time. We had
a glut of trees. As a result, certain growers decided not to plant
as many that year. We had a recession at that time so growers
decided not to plant as much that year. Some decided to take the
opportunity to retire completely from the business."
Click the link below to listen to the full interview
Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Thursday, December 05, 2019