ICTGA 2022 Meeting
The Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association and the Illinois Christmas Tree Association combined winter meeting took place on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at the Boone County fairgrounds in Lebanon, IN. Over 70 Indiana and Illinois association members attended the meeting.
Presentations were made by association members and invited speakers. Marsha Gray, Executive Director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board, presented a report on the 2021 promotional campaign. Dr. Tom Creswell, Director of the Plant & Pest Diagnostic Laboratory, Purdue University, talked about Christmas tree pests and diseases.
The state business meetings concluded the day’s activities.
On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, ICTGA members presented Statehouse officials with real Christmas trees. The annual program places fresh, Indiana grown trees in the Capitol rotunda, the Governor's office and residence, and several other department offices. This year, fourteen trees were donated by nine Indiana Christmas tree farms.
As the winner of the 2021 state contest, Cassens Trees placed a Canaan fir in the Governor's Office and reserve champion Dull's Tree Farm placed a Canaan fir tree in the Governor's residence. Hensler Nursery donated 3 large fir trees which were placed in the Statehouse Rotunda. See the Statehouse page for a complete listing of members donating trees to the program and photos.
Trees for Troops 2021
The Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association members once again donated trees to over 75 bases and stations located throughout the United States. ICTGA board member Lance Sambol of Sambol’s Tree Farm served as the Trees for Troops state coordinator for two pickup locations in Indiana. Joe Hensler and Scott Heeren provided a FedEx pickup location at Hensler Nursery near Hamlet which is in the north central part of the state. Rex and Janice Zenor of Piney Acres Farm at Fortville served as the central Indiana area FedEx pickup location.
In addition to ICTGA members donating trees for the program, several tree farms collected donations for the Trees for Troops program. The association thanks all its members for supporting the Trees for Troops program in various ways for so many years. See Photos