Tobacco growers in brave new world

Bickers, Chris
January 2005
Southeast Farm Press;1/5/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p6
Trade Publication
The article reports on tobacco growers in the United States. It is particularly difficult for farmers like Joe Ramsey, who grows tobacco in the mountains of western North Carolina near Asheville. It has often been hypothesized that the price support program has been all that has kept the mountain areas in burley production over the years. Ramsey is aware of these factors, but he would like to continue in the crop he has been producing all of his adult life. He wants to grow six acres of burley in 2005. The price that will be offered for 2005 U.S. tobacco is still a mystery, although a reduction is a certainty, says Will Snell, University of Kentucky Extension ag economist. But buyers will have to provide enough of a price incentive to get the crop grown.


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