Sunday, June 27, 2004

Database with names and dollars for proposed tobacco buyout

An group called Environmental Working Group has posted this database on which you can look up all the tobacco growers you know in Southwest Virginia and see how much they would get.

There are 44 Minors on the list, 9 Miners, and 1,602 names (some corporate) from right here in Abingdon, 378 from Rose Hill where my sister lives, 19 from Norton, and so on.

You can just about see a tobacco patch out the window from this room here at the house, but the landowner over there is not on the list.

The Danville paper has this article profiling some of the would-be participants from that area, who explained how the money would not be much of a windfall.

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