SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) — The annual tree cutting ceremony for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets was held at New York State’s Stokoe Grown & Certified Farms in Scottsville, NY on Monday November 21st.
New York State Commissioner of Agriculture Richard Ball led the event by cutting a nine-foot-tall Fraser fir that will be displayed at the Finger Lakes Welcome Center. The event highlights the Christmas tree industry in New York and encourages families to shop at local farms to pick their trees for the holiday season.
New York ranks fourth in the United States in acres devoted to growing Christmas trees at nearly 19,000 acres!
“New York’s agriculture industry plays such an important role in holiday traditions in ways that many New Yorkers will be surprised to discover,” says Commissioner Ball. “From the trees we gather and the wreaths we decorate with, to the food we eat and the special items we buy as thoughtful gifts, our local farms and agricultural businesses contribute to this holiday season in incredible ways. We hope the New Yorkers to remember local farmers and businesses this giving season and throughout the year.”
New York State is home to 875 tree farms, and by choosing one this season, you can support the agricultural sector, which has an economic impact of $13.8 billion, according to the Farmers Association of the New York Christmas tree.
“Thank you to Commissioner Richard Ball for continuing this tradition,” says Gene Knudsen, president of the New York Christmas Tree Farmers Association. “We look forward to it every year as it unofficially kicks off the busiest and most magical time of the year for Christmas tree farmers. We hope those celebrating Christmas will bring their families to a local farm, enjoy ‘an outing in the great outdoors and choose a cool centerpiece for their traditions.”
Many Christmas tree farms also follow strict environmental standards as members of the NYS Grown & Certified program.
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