Newton County's Berry appointed to National Promotion Board
The USDA has appointed Newton County Farm Bureau Secretary-Treasurer Chuck Berry to the Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
Chuck Berry currently serves as vice chairman of the Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Advisory Committee for Environmental Horticulture.
Berry is one of five producers and one importer appointed to serve on the Christmas Tree Promotion Board with three-year terms beginning on Jan. 1, 2021, and expiring Dec. 31, 2023.
The 12-member board has 11 producers representing production in the eastern, central and western regions of the United States, and one importer member. Each member can serve up to two consecutive three-year terms.
Berry and his family operate Berry’s Tree Farm & Nursery between Conyers and Covington. The farm began as a dairy and row crop operation in 1894, and the family has continuously farmed the land since then. In the 1970s, the farm converted to Christmas trees, and in 1983 Berry’s sold its first “choose and cut” Christmas trees. Berry’s Tree Farm has been an active participant in the Trees for Troops program. Its trees have been featured in numerous TV and film productions and have adorned the Georgia State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion.
More information about the board is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Christmas Tree Promotion Board webpage and on the board’s website, www.christmastreepromotionboard.org.