In 1999, AgriTalk devoted a program to the status of tobacco farming in the face of a multi-state settlement with cigarette companies to pay for health related damages caused by smoking.
Tobacco farmers were going to lose much of their market in places where tobacco had been grown (legally) for four hundred years. The total Master Settlement Agreement was over 200 billion dollars but growers feared none of that would come to them to assist in moving their farming away from the profitable tobacco crops they grew every year.
Note: I have a posting of the original program from 1999 on my podcast series: "AgriTalk: the Root Years" It has growers, callers and Mr. Graham Boyd, Executive Director of the North Carolina Tobacco Growers Association, He is a guest on both shows.
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