NC Ag Commissioner Talks Christmas from North Carolina

It's the time of year to be thinking about decorating for Christmas, and NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that the state's Christmas tree crop this year is especially nice. Available at choose-and-cut locations from the mountains to the coast, North Carolina Christmas trees and greenery are plentiful this year. Poinsettias are also in abundance, with many growers throughout the state growing the traditional Christmas plant.

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“I saw Christmas decorations up even before Halloween so we are getting earlier and earlier. I had the opportunity to go up and cut the National Christmas Tree and see all the loads of NC Christmas Trees coming down the mountain so it’s that time of year! Our choose and cut tree farms are open in the mountains. Now is the time to go get that perfect tree.

We have a great crop this year. A cold fall and a good amount of moisture have helped us to have an excellent crop this year and I think folks will notice an ample supply and selection of trees that will fit any budget.

North Carolina is second in the nation in Christmas Tree production. We harvest over 5 million trees each year and last year that accounted for over $75 million in farm income. I don’t think any other state can lay claim to the quality of Christmas trees and greenery that we have here in NC.

Not all trees come from the mountains, some are grown right out to the coast. We have trees grown across the state, all different varieties and sizes. I want everyone to buy a real tree, its recyclable, and think about all the trees do to replenish all of the oxygen in our environment. And you can’t beat the smell!

We also have another important Christmas decoration that we grow in NC, we are the second largest producer of poinsettias. In 2011 we produced over 4.4 million poinsettias and that generated $17.6 million.

To find a choose and cut location, you can go to  and there is info about operations across the state.” is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.