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Tobacco trouble

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As federal program begins to wind down, major buyer shedding contracts

By Molly Haines

For years, raising tobacco has been a main source of income for many farmers across Owen County.

As the 2009-2010 growing season came to an end, some farmers were informed that they would no longer be able to sell their tobacco through Philip Morris U.S.A. or Philip Morris International.

The announcement has left some farmers wondering about the future of tobacco in Owen County.

Owen County saw a major decline in the number of farmers raising tobacco in 2004 when a tobacco buyout bill was passed.


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