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Christmas trees on a farm.
Filed Under: Trees, Christmas Trees November 19, 2021

Choosing, cutting, and bringing home a real Christmas tree is a fun tradition for many families during the holiday season. Around 32,000 Christmas trees are sold in Mississippi each year! Whether you go to a Christmas tree farm or to a local retail store, you’ll likely be presented with a few options to choose from.

Choose-and-cut Christmas trees in a field
Filed Under: Agriculture, Crops, Agri-tourism, Christmas Trees November 15, 2021

With rising prices everywhere, families may expect to pay more for their choose-and-cut Christmas trees this year. But that may not be the case. Mississippi Christmas tree growers faced some challenges in 2021 with weather conditions and price hikes for many of their inputs. However, many growers may decide not to pass those costs on to consumers of their choose-and-cut Christmas trees.

Filed Under: Forestry, Forest Economics, Forest Management, Timber Harvest August 16, 2021

Curtis VanderSchaaf joined the Mississippi State University Extension Service in the southwest region as a forestry specialist with regional and statewide duties. He also is a faculty member in the MSU Department of Forestry.

Real Christmas trees piled with curbside garbage
Filed Under: Natural Resources, Christmas Trees, Urban and Backyard Wildlife December 18, 2020

If you celebrate with a real tree, you’ll have to decide how to dispose of it once the holiday is over. You have some good options for recycling the tree instead of sending it to the landfill.

Christmas tree in the foreground in a field with other trees behind it.
Filed Under: Trees, Christmas Trees November 19, 2020

CHUNKY, Miss. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted countless traditions in 2020, but it will not keep living rooms across Mississippi from featuring Christmas decor, nor will it deter customer demand for fresh trees.

In fact, business is booming at farms that have opened for the season, said Southern Christmas Tree Association President Michael May.

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A man wearing a bright orange construction vest and hard hat stands in front of a logging machine.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Management, Timber Harvest
Volume 6 Number 1

Drew Sullivan admits his first timber tract would not have fetched an appraiser’s attention, but he usually drove back home from a lumber yard in Kemper County each week with around $150 in his pocket— not bad for a 15-year-old Mississippi boy growing up in the mid-90s.

A white-haired male wearing a denim shirt and jeans stands beside a tree and smiles.
Lawn and Garden, Trees, Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Economics, Timber Prices, Forest Management, Agroforestry, Timber Harvest
Volume 4 Number 3

During his tenure as an engineer at Boeing, Ottis Bullock helped build machines that went into the air and to the moon, but he always had an interest in the trees that grew from the ground where he came of age.

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