TOBACCO farmers in Maryland are being asked to give up growing one of America's most lucrative cash crops and sign up to a compensation programme, bringing to an end a tradition stretching back 350 years. The Governor of Maryland, Parris N. Glendening (corr), last week (20 April) signed a bill, which guaranteed full funding for Maryland tobacco producers who move into other crops.

More than half of the 1,000 farmers eligible for the buyout have signed contracts to stop producing tobacco and another 200 have submitted applications to do so. ...

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