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How Kentucky’s drought has impacted Christmas tree growth

Elizabeth Werkmeister Shafer is “playing catch-up” on her family-owned Christmas tree farm in Bullitt County. Having to pick up the pieces on her family’s farm after her parents died in the past few years, she hasn’t planted nearly as many trees as normal to keep up with the demand for live Christmas trees. This year, she tried to get back on track by planting hundreds of tree seedlings. But thanks to Kentucky’s recent drought, her holiday crop took a hit.