From: "Meghan Ashford-Grooms" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2011 16:13:54 -0600
To: Meghan Ashford-Grooms <>

Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:54:05 +0000
From: DeJong, Justin

·         Nobody is proposing to tax Christmas trees.

·         What’s being talked about here is an industry group deciding to impose fees on itself to fund a promotional campaign and there are many success stories in every sector of the industry (Milk, Beef, Pork, etc).

·         These check-off programs are important to American agricultural producers across the spectrum.

·         Unfortunately, deliberate spreading of misinformation about the Christmas tree program has caused confusion for consumers heading into this Christmas season.

·         For that reason, we have delayed implementation of the program and are looking at steps forward.



Justin DeJong

Deputy Director, Office of Communications

U.S. Department of Agriculture