christmas trees

Port Delay
5:20 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Christmas Trees Delayed At Northwest Ports

Tedder Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue November 25, 2014 3:23 pm

Several Northwest Christmas tree growers are trying to push containers full of evergreens through the Northwest’s delayed seaports.

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Christmas Trees
5:08 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Your Christmas Tree Might Cost More This Year

A stronger economy and several years of cutbacks on plantings in the Northwest have upped prices of Christmas trees.
Credit Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association

Some of the world’s largest Christmas tree farms are right here in the Northwest. Some are harvesting about 20,000 trees a day. The average Christmas tree might be a bit more expensive this year.

Here's why.

A stronger economy and several years of cutbacks on plantings in the Northwest have upped prices this year. Like a few dollars per tree for the farmer.

Bryan Ostlund heads the Pacific Northwest Christmas Tree Association in Salem, Oregon.

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Port Slowdown
5:31 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Northwest Apples, Hay And Potatoes Caught Up In Port Slowdown

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast could have long-term consequences for Northwest agriculture if the problems aren’t resolved before the holidays.
Credit jkbrooks85 / Flickr

A slowdown in operations at ports up and down the West Coast is choking off the flow of apples, Christmas trees, potatoes and other Northwest products to foreign markets. Exporters say the delays could have long-term consequences for Northwest agriculture if the problems aren’t resolved before the holidays.

In Washington, fruit shippers have reported sending refrigerated trucks full of apples from this year’s historic crop to the port of Seattle, only to have them sit there for days.

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Christmas Trees
4:12 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

What The Farm Bill Tucked Beneath Northwest Christmas Trees

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill.
Credit Tedder / Wikimedia Commons

A once-stalled plan to support Christmas tree growers nationwide looks to go forward as part of Congress’ new Farm Bill. This could affect many growers in Oregon, which leads the country in Christmas tree production.

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Tree Disease Exaggeration
6:06 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Expert Says Reports of Christmas Tree Disease in Oregon Have Been Exaggerated

A root rot mold called Phytophthora is a serious problem for Christmas tree farmers who grow Fraiser Firs in North Carolina, and a form of the mold does affect some noble firs in Oregon.
Credit Lonnon Foster

Dozens of headlines this week have claimed that a humble mold is threatening to ruin Christmas. CBS News and the Associated Press reported that a root disease is killing Christmas trees across the country. The Northwest reports of the Christmas tree industry’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

  

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Capitol Holiday Tree
5:51 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Northwest Christmas Tree Starts Long Journey To Congress' Front Lawn

The 2013 Capitol Tree, from the Colville National Forest in northeast Washington, is prepared for loading onto a truck.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 5:35 pm

The Christmas tree destined for the nation's capital is set to begin a cross-country roadtrip. But getting an 80-foot tree out of a national forest isn't quite like going to a U-cut.

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Oregon Christmas Trees
4:47 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Plum Assignment: Inspecting Oregon Christmas Trees In Hawaii

Oregon is the nation's leading Christmas tree producer.
Oregon Department of Agriculture

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:35 pm

A trio of Oregon entomologists has a plum assignment this holiday season. They're heading to Hawaii to help spot pests trying to hitch a ride to paradise on the branches of Oregon-grown Christmas trees.

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Capitol Christmas Tree
5:21 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Oregon Capitol Christmas Tree Gets A Temporary Time-Out

Crews lower the Oregon state capitol Christmas tree to the floor of the rotunda.
Credit Chris Lehman

The huge Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Oregon capitol building is back up again. Crews had to un-decorate and lower the 30-foot Noble Fir Tuesday to correct a fairly basic error made when the tree was raised the day before.

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