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Christmas tree growers feel ‘Grinch-ed’ by tax stories

Mississippi’s Christmas tree growers are optimistic about this year’s sales season despite national reports of a new “tree tax” to fund promotional efforts.

Growers now hope consumers visit their operations and see prices are generally the same as last year.

“Here we are trying to self-promote our industry, and we get this,” said Michael May, owner of the Lazy Acres Plantation near Chunky and executive secretary of the Southern Christmas Tree Association. “Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying.”


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