The state's 2,800 tobacco farmers want some sort of buyout, said Johnny Shelley, president of the South Carolina Tobacco Growers Association.
"We don't care if it's the House version or the Senate version, although we think in the end we're going to have to have the FDA
to get anything," he
said from his
tobacco warehouse in Mullins.
"Tobacco growers want the buyout regardless of which version," he
said there are about 16,000 tobacco growers and tobacco quota holders in the state.
Eliminating the rent paid to quota holders will make tobacco grown in the state more competitive with foreign tobacco, he