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Christmas Tree Farms Dwindle in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The last few years have been difficult for Iowa Christmas tree farmers as drought, disease, and deer killed young trees.
   Jan Pacovsky, president of the Iowa Christmas Tree Growers Association, says younger growers coming in to the business don't want to stick with it because they find that it's a lot of work.
   For example, three years ago deer stripped her farm of every single tree. It's discouraging.
   In addition, she says many Christmas tree farm owners are in their mid-60s to early 70s and retiring from the business leaving fewer farms.
   Pacovsky, who heads Pine Acres farm in New Hampton, says It takes about seven years for a tree to grow to Christmas-ready maturity, and it requires year-round care for a business that's seasonal.

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