Policy: AFF has decided to defer implementation of the Certified Tree Farmer Fee.
Background: AFF remains committed to ensuring ATFS has value and that those who receive that value help support the program. When AFF established the fee on State Committees for every Certified Tree Farmer ($10 per Certified Tree Farmer, not to exceed $7,000 per state, to be paid starting in 2019) as part of State’s Voice State’s Choice, our goal was to help State Committees get on a track to financial sustainability, including by securing financial support from those that receive value from the program. Many states have done this or have plans to do this, and we support these efforts. To be successful with both a national program and State programs, ATFS needs increased financial support.