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NC Christmas tree growers worry about costs

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SANDY MUSH, NC (AP) -- Some Christmas tree growers in western North Carolina are worried about their prospects for the season, just under way.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that growers are worried about an increase in production and transportation costs. They also worry about an overproduction of Fraser firs in North Carolina.

Dale Hawkins with Sandy Hollar Tree Farm says he's slashed prices to do whatever he could do to sell 500 or 1,000 trees. Hawkins says many of his wholesalers are selling 6- to 8-foot trees instead of 8- and 10-foot trees.

Hawkins says sales of larger trees are down almost 50 percent from last year.

Bob Hoxit at Flat Creek Tree Farm in Jackson County says retail sales are off to a slow start this year, even though his wholesale business is about the same as last year.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, http://www.citizen-times.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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