ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION
Scotch Pine; Courtesy of The Branch Ranch
As stated in our Constitution, they are:
- To promote the interests of the Christmas Tree producing industry and the forestry program in Missouri;
- To associate its members together for their mutual benefit and, to that end, engage in any activity involving or relating to the production or marketing of high quality Christmas trees and associated products;
- To engage in publicity and educational work; in cooperation with existing agencies where possible;
- To encourage, promote and assist financing, where possible, the research work done by private, state, and federal agencies or educational institutions in this field;
- To cooperate with local, state, and federal agencies and law making bodies on matters affecting the field;
- To keep its members informed concerning current developments and the results of research;
- To assist local groups in organizing Christmas tree marketing associations;
- To generally engage in education and scientific programs to promote forestry, and any other lawful purposes not inconsistent with the Constitution of the organization;
- To conduct public relations concerning the safety and use of natural Christmas trees and the benefits to the economy and environment from growing Christmas trees.
Two meetings are held each year. The winter meeting is normally the third weekend in January at a central location in the state. Speakers are invited to discuss topics of interest to the Christmas tree industry, and business of the Association is conducted. Two Officers and two Directors are elected in odd numbered years, and two officers and two directors are elected in even-numbered years. The summer meeting is normally hosted by a member on the third weekend in July, and can thus be held in any part of the state. Any urgent business is also conducted. The summer meeting is an excellent opportunity for members to see successful plantations, equipment demonstrated, first-hand observations of insect and disease problems, and proper shearing demonstrations. Meeting places are set by the Board of Directors. In some recent years MCTPA has joined with the MidAmerica Christmas Tree Association for the summer meeting which moves the meeting to the fourth weekend in July.
White Pine; Courtesy of Ozark Valley Christmas Tree Farm
Southwest City, Missouri
Pitch x Loblolly Pine; Courtesy of Delaware Town Christmas Tree Farm
If you are engaged in the growing of Christmas trees, you are undoubtedly confronted with numerous problems peculiar to the production and marketing of this product. Membership in the Missouri Christmas Tree Producers Association can bring you these benefits:
- An opportunity to share in educational meetings and tours of successful Christmas tree plantations;
- An opportunity to share information with persons of wide experience in production and marketing problems;
- An opportunity to share in the planning and results of research programs designed to answer specific problems;
- An opportunity to receive reports of research, market surveys, and other informational materials on the production and marketing of Christmas trees and associated products;
- Receive the Christmas Trees magazine; as soon as it resumes publishing.
- An opportunity to learn “how to do it” by attending meetings; and associating with members with similar problems;
Type of Operation Code
A – Associate members. Includes members from other states, professions, and others not producing or marketing trees in Missouri.
Affiliate Member – Spouses or partner of member. They have voting and/or mailing privileges.
CC – Choose and cut operation where growing trees are selected in the field and cut by or for the purchaser.
W – Wholesale tree sales.
R – Retail tree sales.
N – Trees growing but not yet of marketable age.
BB – Balled-in-burlap trees provided.
RI – Related sales to the industry, such as tools, chemicals or supplies.
Missouri Christmas Tree Producers Association
Board of Directors
*Date in ( ) indicates last year of present term.
NCTA Membership: a Great Investment
Starting January 1, 2016 NCTA membership categories have changed to adapt to the state of the industry and the evolving role of NCTA. The membership structure is no longer based on whether you are wholesaler, retailer or choose and cut, and it is no longer based on the number of trees you sell. It is based ONLY on the cost of the benefits provided in three categories. Some services/benefits appeal to some members and not to others, and that’s okay. The new membership levels allow you to purchase a benefits package that works best for your budget and for your business.
For more information, visit the NCTA website at: http://www.realchristmastrees.org