Edgecombe Tobacco Page
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.
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