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Local Christmas tree grower elected to lead national committee

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Beth Walterscheidt has recently been elected as chair of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The Christmas Promotion Board is a national research and promotion program whose mission is to share the benefits of fresh Christmas trees with consumers through promotion, public relations and education, while engaging in research to better serve our customers and growers.

The first promotion board was appointed in January of 2015 by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture, and Walterscheidt was one of the original appointments. She was reappointed in 2018 for the last of her two allowable terms. The board consists of 12 members from three regions of the country consisting of major wholesalers, choose-and-cut growers and an importer.

The board meets monthly with conference calls and semi-annually in person at various regions of the country. The next meeting will be held in Austin on February 11.

Walterscheidt has been active in Christmas tree associations, having served on the Texas Christmas Tree Growers Board for many years and two terms as president. She also served on the National Christmas Tree Association Board of Directors with a two-year term as president.

While serving as National Christmas Tree Association president, she was honored to assist in the presentation of White House Christmas Tree for two years to President George Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Beth Walterscheidt and her husband, Mike, have owned and operated Evergreen Farms Christmas Trees in Elgin for over 25 years and have been active in the Elgin community since moving here from College Station.