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Old 06-07-2012, 10:46 AM
 
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If you ever venture into Walburg there tobacco fields all around.
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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NC farmers never stopped growing tobacco. Production did go down some after the quota program was ended, but it's always been a significant cash crop here.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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If you ever venture into Walburg there tobacco fields all around.
I hadn't noticed all that many (I live just outside of Wallburg)...but maybe because I lived in Greenville NC from 2005-2009 and compare it to there. I think Pitt County is still the #1 tobacco producing county in the U.S., even though production is way down from its peak.
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Old 06-08-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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NC farmers never stopped growing tobacco. Production did go down some after the quota program was ended, but it's always been a significant cash crop here.
Some did. As I said, I've noticed tobacco fields returning to areas where the land has lain fallow for a number of years. In the Yadkin Valley, I wonder if that was to give the land a rest, or the economic value didn't justify growing in that particular area? Or would it be the saturation of wineries causing farmers to decide to go back to tobacco rather than risking grapes? I know that some 10 - 12 years ago, the wine industry was touted as being the saving grace for those getting out of tobacco farming; a curriculum for vintners was even introduced at the community college in Yadkin County.

Well, for whatever reasons, the tobacco growers are saying "we're baaaack" and have fallen on the YV with a wide swath of fields.
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Old 06-08-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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^ Sorry silverwing, I misinterpreted your earlier post. Yes, apparently the export market (esp. China) is driving the increased production. So while some of what you saw (or didn't see) was probably due to crop rotation or other issues, I'm sure there's much more being planted than there was 5-10 years ago.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:46 PM
 
Location: NC High Country
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I know that some 10 - 12 years ago, the wine industry was touted as being the saving grace for those getting out of tobacco farming; a curriculum for vintners was even introduced at the community college in Yadkin County.
The program is actually at Surry Community College. The Viticulture/Enology program is a pretty big deal.

Sorry for the digression.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:57 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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The program is actually at Surry Community College. The Viticulture/Enology program is a pretty big deal.

Sorry for the digression.
"d'oh!"

Thanks for the correction. I was thinking of the other college on the left of 601 as (I think) you leave the Booneville area heading north? Whatever. I'm up and down that road so often in warm weather to go up to the Parkway that I know what I'm seeing, just don't mark it. I've only recently discovered what Cody Creek is and I bet I've passed it >100 times Gotta stop there for a meal one of these days.
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