Florida Christmas Trees

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ You may have to dig a little deeper in
your wallet this season for a real Christmas tree because of the
stubborn southern drought and record high fuel prices.
The Florida Christmas Tree Association says growers are feeling
the effects of the drought and soaring gas prices.
There are about 35 farms across the state. Growers say their
youngest trees have really taken a beating as a result of the
drought.
The Havana Christmas Tree Farm north of Tallahassee has more
than 20,000 trees, but most of the baby trees planted last year
have died because of the shortage of rain.
The drought also stunts the growth of older trees.
Transportation costs are way up too.


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