State ranks third in nation for Christmas tree production, seventh for poinsettias.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encourages residents to support Michigan's 700 Christmas tree growers and the 54 poinsettia growers. ok "Michigan ranks third nationally in Christmas tree production and seventh in the U.S. in poinsettia production," said Clover Adams. "Whether it's cutting your own tree at your local Christmas tree farm, or purchasing a fresh tree or poinsettia from a local retailer, fresh Michigan Christmas trees and poinsettias add a special touch to holiday celebrations." With an annual wholesale value of $40 million, Michigan Christmas tree growers harvest approximately three million trees. Michigan produces and sells more than a dozen tree varieties on a …
Frigid temperatures April 29 ruined cherry and apple crops, report the Associated Press and WWJ.
Many Michiganders have enjoyed this year's wild weather, which brought unseasonably warm temperatures this winter and spring, but it's also had a dark side: An unusual April freeze has devastated fruit crops in the state. Frigid temperatures April 29 ruined cherry and apple crops, according to WWJ and an Associated Press report on myfoxdetroit.com, which could mean higher prices at the grocery store and fewer pick-your-own opportunities. That is devastating not only for individual farmers, but also for Michigan's agriculture industry as a whole. The annual economic impact of the state's apple industry is estimated at $800 million, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture. In 2009, Michigan produced sweet cherries worth $13.6 …