The North Carolina Christmas Tree Industry

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November 24, 2008. Rural Virginia.. New River Tree Co. loading yard in Virginia.. New River Tree Co. has 30 full time employees and uses 60 H2A, the Federal guest worker program, workers during harvest season. Most of the guest workers are from Mexico and many return year after year to work on the same farm in North Carolina. The pay rate is federally mandated at $9/hr. and the workers are housed in government regulated housing facilities.. In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, the farm will load 30 trucks a day, with 600 tree per truck.