Created: Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:24:00 CST
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.