It is likely that Christmas will have a greater significance for many in 2020 as we seek to offset the disruption of normalcy from COVID-19 with a family-oriented holiday experience. However, shopping for a Christmas tree, the iconic centerpiece of the holiday, will be a different experience this year as the risks from COVID-19 must be taken seriously. The National Christmas Tree Association appointed two committees to develop best practice recommendations—one for tree lot operators and one for choose & cut farms. Their recommendations can be found at NCTA's COVID-19 Best Practices Recommendations.
MACT Meeting Postponed!
The Mid-America Christmas Tree Association (MACT) summer meeting that was to be hosted in July 2020 by Dull's Tree Farm near Thorntown was postponed until July 23-24, 2021 due to the pandemic. The Indiana Christmas Tree Growers Association would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude for all the work that ICTGA Director Dana Dull and Donna Cackler, MACT Executive Administrator, did in planning the MACT meeting. We also would like to thank Tom and Kerry Dull, as well as Lucas Dull, for all their efforts in preparing their farm for this event. We look forward to 2021 and an exciting MACT meeting at Dull's Tree Farm.
GLCT Virtual Meeting
The Great Lakes Christmas Tree Virtual Meeting took place on July 30-31, 2020. The webinar series featured industry specialists covering topics from taxes and marketing to shearing and pest management. Experts from Michigan State University Extension covered the latest in Christmas tree production and farm management. As COVID-19 continues to change ‘business as usual’, Christmas tree farms will also need to adapt this holiday season. Find out how others will be preparing their farms in light of these changes. The recorded webinar series is available for purchase at GLCT Virtual Meeting.