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The Sun News | 08/06/2004 | Horry tobacco sales lag
Johnny Shelley, an Horry County tobacco farmer and co-owner of Big L Tobacco Warehouse in Mullins, also said sales were slow when they opened on Wednesday with 110,000 pounds.The average price was $1.61 a pound for new tobacco, which made up the majority of their sales.Shelley's warehouse is storing 1 million pounds for farmers until higher selling prices arrive, he said.
heard from several farmers who don't expect to sell their crop until later in the season.
"Farmers are trying to get the crop out of the field before disease hits them," he
The Sun News | 08/03/2004 | S.C. tobacco markets open with strong crops
"We've got a right good-quality crop, but we don't know what's going to happen [with prices and purchases]," said Johnny Shelley, an Horry County tobacco farmer and co-owner of Big L Tobacco Warehouse in Mullins."We're not expecting too big of an opening day. [Farmers] are looking toward the buyout, and the companies don't know what to expect with it yet.We're just hoping for the best."Sales might be smaller than farmers hoped because big tobacco companies will wait to see if a buyout is approved, which would eliminate government regulations on the acres of tobacco grown and its selling price, said Shelley, president of the S.C. Tobacco Growers Association.
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
The possible passing of the federal price support program may seem sad to some, says Johnny Shelley, head of the S.C. Tobacco Growers Association."But we realize we've got to work with changes," he says.
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Johnny Shelley of the Big L Tobacco Warehouse in Mullins says direct sales killed the warehouses last year.
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