Tobacco industry leaders participating in a March 20 discussion and fact-finding meeting are , from left , Burley Stabilization Corporation manager Charlie Finch
and president George Marks and David Bryan , manager of Farmers Burley Cooperative. - Photo by Jerry Kirk.
Tobacco is a very complex subject , said Charlie Finch
, manager of the Burley Stabilization Corporation
in Knoxville.We who work in it every day are used to crises ... but now we're having a crisis just about every day..
The Burley Stabilization Corporation
said , is a farmer-owned tobacco cooperative that administers the price support system out on the warehouse floor for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
We operate under contract with USDA , Finch
said , adding that the tobacco program is in two parts - quota and price support.
Farmers agree to limit production in order to receive a minimum price for their tobacco if it does not sell in the marketplace - at the point of sale , he