Michael Buchart of Baton Rouge, Louisiana assumed the role of executive secretary for the Southern Christmas Tree Association (SCTA) January 2012.
is a non-profit association of primarily choose and cut Christmas tree farmers in the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi organized to promote and facilitate education and development of the Southern Christmas tree industry.
is a group of dedicated and enthusiastic farmers, business owners and various government and educational representatives interested in providing the best possible experience for individuals and families while preparing for and enjoying the Christmas season.
Besides Christmas trees, most growers offer additional products and experiences to enhance their client's visit.
Choose and cut farms are one of the few farming endeavors that enable consumers, particularly urban, and their younger family members the opportunity to actually go on-site and experience first hand a real, working farm.
Mike is a 1979 Louisiana State University graduate having received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management.
During and immediately after LSU
worked four years offshore construction for Brown
and Root Construction in the Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico and the North Sea until he
profession as a forester.
July 2011 Mike retired from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry ending a 30 year career where he was involved in every aspect of Louisiana's forest industries both domestically, nationally and internationally while serving numerous administrative and program management roles for the department.
is extremely pleased to have the opportunity to facilitate growth of the SCTA