Announcing NEW 2016 Membership Options for NCTA
This Fall, NCTA will be sending out communication regarding the brand new membership options that were recently approved by the Board of Directors. This new model offers fewer options and a simpler membership application process with less variables. Now, members will choose their membership level based on how involved they want to be with the national association and what types of information they want to receive.  Previously, the membership structure was based on the type of business a member had and the number of trees sold. Take a sneak peek at the new membership options that will be available for 2016! Check your mailboxes this fall for more communication from NCTA about choosing your new membership level for 2016!

*NEW* NCTA Membership Options for 2016:
Introductory Member - $99
Industry Member - $299
Professional Member - $599 + Advocacy Sponsorship

*Click here to view the benefits for each member type

Other membership options will 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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