December 2017: Michigan Christmas Tree Month

WHEREAS, December signifies a national celebration of the importance of the Christmas tree as an agricultural commodity for the United States.  In Michigan and throughout the U.S., the Christmas tree industry provides jobs, environmental significance, along with joy to many consumers throughout the holiday season; and,

WHEREAS, we recognize and celebrate the diversity and abundance provided by Michigan’s 560 Christmas tree growers; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan's integrated network of family farmers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers, work together to ensure a quality product that is enjoyed by millions throughout our state and country.  Approximately 25 to 30 million real Christmas trees are sold in the U.S. every year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Christmas tree farming is third in the nation of the number of Christmas trees harvested, supplying about 1.7 million fresh trees to the national market each year; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan Christmas tree farmers grow and sell more varieties of Christmas trees than any other state in the U.S., with a total of nine different tree species. Michigan growers farm more than 27,000 acres of Christmas trees. Around the country some 350 million Christmas trees currently are growing; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan consumers and retailers prefer purchasing Michigan grown agriculture products; and,

WHEREAS, Michigan’s foods and agricultural sector continues to be a growing industry offering new business and career opportunities for Michiganders, making food and agriculture a cornerstone to Michigan’s continued reinvention; and,

WHEREAS, I urge all Michiganders to join me in recognizing the importance of the Christmas tree industry, to thank a farmer for providing a resource of agricultural and environmental significance to our state, and to help celebrate the holiday season with a Michigan Christmas tree;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim December 2017 as Michigan Christmas Tree Month.