"It will be a real boon for rural communities where tobacco has been such a major part of life," said Fred Wetherington, who farms more than 500 acres of tobacco near Valdosta and is vice chairman of the Georgia Tobacco Commission.
"I believe that 98 percent of folks will be in total agreement that they want out of this program," Fred Wetherington
Or they'll want to get their debt squared away," said Wetherington
, 37, who says he'll stick with tobacco as well as peanuts and cotton."Then you'll have a certain percentage try to stay in and see what domestic manufacturers will do to us.It'll be 100 percent risk with no safety net."
Big farms, such as Wetherington's
, typically weather price-and-demand storms.