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tocacco Tobacco is an annual or bi-annual growing 1-3 meters tall with large sticky leaves that contain nicotine. Native to the Americas, tobacco has a long history of use as a shamanic inebriant and stimulant. It is extremely popular and well-known for its addictive potential.

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tocacco Nicotiana rustica leaves. Nicotiana rustica leaves have a nicotine content as high as 9%, whereas Nicotiana tabacum (common tobacco) leaves contain about 1 to 3%

tocacco cigar A cigar is a tightly rolled bundle of dried and fermented tobacco which is ignited so that its smoke may be drawn into the mouth. Cigar tobacco is grown in significant quantities in Brazil, Cameroon, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Sumatra, Philippines, and the Eastern United States.

tocacco Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. It can be consumed, used as an organic pesticide, and in the form of nicotine tartrate it is used in some medicines. In consumption it may be in the form of cigarettes smoking, snuffing, chewing, dipping tobacco, or snus.

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Group will promote exports of tobacco

U.S. tobacco producers are a step closer to creating a new organization focused on increasing the amount of tobacco exported to other countries.

The organization, which would be producer-financed, must be approved by the U.S. secretary of agriculture before tobacco farmers can vote on it.

Larry Wooten, the president of the N.C. Farm Bureau, updated members of Tobacco Associates Inc. of Raleigh on the project during the organization’s 62nd annual meeting held in Wilson on Friday.

Tobacco Associates, which is also producer-financed, promotes U.S. flue-cured tobacco in the world market.

The difference with this proposed organization is it would focus on promoting U.S. produced tobacco in general, not just flue-cured or burley.

Wooten said that a steering committee met in April and August last year. Initial support for the new organization was gained from agriculture officials with the former Bush administration. However, no meetings have been held yet with the Obama administration.

The organization will have a board of directors appointed by the secretary of agriculture and will have equal representation from flue-cured and burley interests. The proposed assessment is 20 to 25 cents per hundred weight of tobacco sold.

Wooten said it would generate a small amount of money, several million dollars a year, but it is a way to get the organization started. If the plan is approved by federal officials, education and outreach efforts to let farmers know about the organization will be done in every state where tobacco is produced.

Wooten pointed to the successful marketing efforts of the sweet-potato commission as an example of how sales of a commodity can be increased through promotion.

Plans to more aggressively market U.S.-produced tobacco come at a time when local tobacco farmers are facing uncertain times. Rick Smith of Independent Leaf Tobacco Co. in Wilson said last week that growers learned contracts they negotiated in January are being cut in terms of the number of pounds of tobacco the companies are willing to buy. Tobacco growers contract with different companies to purchase the tobacco they produce.

Driving the reduction in purchases is the idea that more people will stop smoking because the cost of cigarettes is going up come April 1. On April 1, the per-pack federal excise tax will rise to $1. It is currently 39 cents. Add in state taxes on tobacco products, and consumers will pay more to light up.

The tax increase is supposed to help finance the state child health-plan program. Smith said he doesn’t think one industry should have to pay for it.

Smith said that any farmer with “a good history” can get a contract to sell tobacco. But Smith said that the companies are contracting for what they want and “not a pound more” this year.

Smith said he expects more tobacco than ever before will be grown off contract, meaning growers will go ahead and grow more tobacco than they have a contract to sell.

Smith told the group they can’t afford to not promote U.S. produced tobacco to the fullest extent. Smith said it is time for everybody to do everything possible to grow the export trade.

Source: Journalnow ®

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