You Spoke, We Listened. New Membership Structure Now Available!
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.

Members can now log in and renew their 2016 membership by clicking the green "Renew Membership" button at right. New members can create a their account by clicking the blue "Become A Member" button at right. The membership term will remain the same: January 1 - December 31, 2016.

Don't miss out. Be a part of the community of Christmas Tree professionals and share the knowledge and experiences of thousands who share your concerns, questions and needs.

New NCTA Membership Options:
Introductory Member - $99
Industry Member - $299
Professional Member - $599 + Advocacy Sponsorship

*Click here to view the benefits for each member type

Additional membership options include:
Supplier - $433
Researcher - Free with a .gov or .edu email address
Congratulations to the 2015 Tree & Wreath Contest Finalists & Champions!
Congratulations to all those who brought Christmas Trees and Wreaths to the National Contests at Richardson Farm in Spring Grove, Ill.  To enter NCTA’s National Contest, growers must first win their state/regional competitions in the previous 24 months. Trees entered in the NCTA contest must fit into one of five species categories: True Fir, Douglas-fir, Spruce, Pine or Other. A panel of judges, made up of long-time growers and past contest winners, selected the first-, second- and third-place winners in each category, then attendees of the regional conference and a panel of consumer judges voted for their favorite among the species first and second place trees. Those vote totals determined the Grand Champion and Reserve Champion trees.

Dave Vander Velden of Whispering Pines Tree Farm in Oconto, Wisc., the first Grand Champion, won the right to choose which year he would like to present a tree to the White House and chose 2016. As a result, Jay & Glenn Bustard of Bustard's Christmas Trees in Lansdale, Penn. will present a tree to the White House this Christmas in 2015.

The Reserve Champions also followed the same pattern with the first Reserve Champion, Charles Sturgill of Stugrill Tree Farms in West Jefferson, NC choosing to present a tree to the Vice President's residence in 2016. The second Reserve Champion, Rex Korson of Korson's Tree Farm in Sydney, Mich. will present a tree in 2015.

The National Wreath Contest also took place in Spring Grove and was a very tight competition. The First Place Grand Champion ribbons in both the Decorated and Undecorated categories went to one farm: John Chefas of Hart-T-Tree Farm in Grassy Creek, NC.

Click here to see all of the species finalists in the Tree Contest and all of the top finalists in the Wreath Contest.
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