Christmas tree program survives farm bill trimming

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Updated: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:42:41 CST

Christmas tree farmers are one step closer today to getting the government-sponsored marketing and research program they've been fighting for.

Even as lawmakers trimmed and slashed controversial part of the farm bill, a section forcing the USDA to let the Christmas tree program begin survived. The program known as a check-off is a lot like the "Got Milk" campaign. It will allow the industry to charge farmers a fee to raise money for marketing and research.

The program has been on hold for years after some conservatives labeled it a tax.