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Tobacco has been historically important to the agricultural economy of Edgecombe County. It provided a great deal of security for landowners by providing them with extra income through the rental of quota allowing them to hold onto their land. That security also was also important for farmers because of the reliability of producing a crop and a known demand for the product translated into borrowing power for the farming operation. Edgecombe County was locked into 15th in the state for tobacco production until the Tobacco Buyout of 2005. Since that time, some Edgecombe County farmers have chosen to retire or switch away from tobacco production, but others have increased their capacity for production and the county is currently 6th in the state for flue-cured tobacco production.

Growers can get the latest Extension information from NC State University about tobacco at the Tobacco Grower’s Portal.

Blake Brown’s Tobacco Situation and Outlook.

YEAR PLANTED ACRES YIELD PER ACRE PRODUCTION (lbs.) VALUE ($)
1997  7,792  2,596 20,131,247 $34,827,057
1998  6,361  2,436  15,059,352  26,655,053
1999  5,148  2,237  11,516,322  20,153,564
2000  4,467  2,106  9,407,502  17,027,579
2001  3,956  2,377  9,403,412  17,490,346
2002  4,711  2,137  10,065,994  18,320,109
2003  4,091  2,307  9,439,483  17,557,438
2004  3,935  2,220  8,735,522  16,248,071
2005  3,747  2,390  8,954,995  12,984,742
2006  5,170 1,740 9,000,000  13,500,000
2007  6,220  2,290  14,250,000  21,802,500
2008  7,200  2,325  16,737,000  29,457,120
2009  7,950  2,495  19,842,000  34,921,920
2010  7,300  2,005  14,720,000 24,582,400
2011  7,360  1,035  7,600,000 12,768,000
2012 6,700 2,215 14,850,000 29,403,000
2013 7,105
2014 9,713

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Photo of Art Bradley, N.C. Cooperative ExtensionArt Bradley, Jr.County Extension Director (252) 641-7815 art_bradley@ncsu.eduEdgecombe County, North Carolina
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