Learn how retail nurseries are bringing customers into the stores during the off-season. Plus, Christmas tree farmers who weathered through the rough recession share their outlook on the future, and Oregon State University talks about their new hazelnut cultivars. In this issue: Retail for the holidays: Garden centers transform themselves into destinations for fall and […]
O, Christmas trees
The industry’s been on a rough ride, but some silver linings point to a bright future The years leading up to the Great Recession were merry ones for Christmas tree farmers in the United States. Consumer demand and spending were strong, prices were steady, and the supply was bountiful. The future looked bright as a […]
A homegrown connection for the holidays
Every household has a holiday tradition, as does every culture. In Mexico, the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (December 12) is a public holiday. It is a Catholic feast to celebrate the belief that a man encountered the Virgin Mary, Mexico’s patron saint, in Mexico City on December 9 and 12, 1531. St. Lucia Day, […]
Amazon will sell Christmas trees this holiday season
Amazon is getting into the Christmas tree business, according to a report from the Associated Press. The online megaretailer, recently valued at $1 trillion, will deliver full-size, fresh-cut Christmas trees in large boxes to doorsteps this holiday season. The trees will be eligible for Amazon Prime shipping. Trees will be sent to customers within 10 […]
Member Profile: Hopper Bros.
Listings on Nursery Guide 2018 Show booth: #12010, #12012, #12014 Founded: 1973 by Denny and Doug Hopper Key people: Denny and Joni Hopper, managing owners. Known for: Conifers, Christmas trees, pumpkins and farming crops Head office: 33285 S. Barlow Road, Woodburn, Oregon 97071-8715 Contact: 503-651-2493 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hopperbros.com The Farwest Show is widely known as a truly […]
Sluggy trees aren’t coming to town
As reported by KGW-8 (Portland, Oregon), OAN member Christmas tree grower Kirk International Inc. has come up with a novel way to remove hitchhiking slugs from its trees — hot showers. This allows the trees to be shipped to a number of overseas markets that have strict rules about invasive species — places like Hawaii, Guam and […]
Oregon launches loan program for young farmers
Demographic tides are moving farmers, as a group, in an older direction. The average U.S. farmer is now 59.6 years old — up from 57.5 in 2007 and 54.9 in 2002. Oregon is not immune to this trend; in fact, Oregon farmers are, on average, even older. It’s a trend that state officials and industry leaders […]
Over-extended agents dwindle in numbers
They’re called extension agents, but these days, maybe “over-extended” agents would be more appropriate. The Capital Press reports that extension agents who retire or take on different duties aren’t being replaced as often as they used to be. Meanwhile, some are being asked to take on double duty as both regional extension administrators and experiment […]
Magic in the air
This well-written story by Aaron Mesh of Willamette Week takes you inside a helicopter Christmas tree harvest at Yule Tree Farms, and shows you the economic and social impact of this home-grown Oregon industry.
Check the tag for sustainable Christmas trees
Natural Christmas trees already are more environmentally and socially responsible than artificial plastic trees. But now, there’s a program for Christmas tree growers who go the extra mile.
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