Fred Wetherington

Fred Wetherington

Vice Chairman at Georgia Tobacco Commission

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Board Member  - Georgia Tobacco Commission

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"We're trying to hang in there," said Fred Wetherington, who grows 600 acres in south Georgia and sells his leaf directly to tobacco company Philip Morris USA.Wetherington, vice chairman of the Georgia Tobacco Commission, said Georgia growers need a few normal seasons to assess the crop's long-term profit potential. "We need to get a feel for this free-market situation," he said."There's a lot more risk."

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"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 said.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.

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"A buyout would ... give quota owners and tobacco farmers a better picture of where they stand," said Fred Wetherington, a grower in Lowndes County and a board member of the Georgia Tobacco Commission."But as much as I would like to see a settlement, my advice to farmers would be that you can't count on that happening.You'd better try to just scratch out another year with what you have on hand."

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