USA: USDA announces final tobacco referendum results
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the results from two referenda held during March among growers of fire-cured (types 21 through 23) and dark air-cured (types 35 and 36) tobacco to determine whether to have marketing quotas for marketing years 2000, 2001, and 2002.The results show that 4,809 of the 5,229 fire-cured tobacco producers and 4,785 of the 5,295 dark air-cured tobacco producers who voted in the referendum - or 92.0 percent and 90.4 percent, respectively - voted to approve quotas. Since at least two-thirds of the producers voting in the referenda voted in favor, marketing quotas will remain in effect for these kinds of tobacco for the marketing years 2000, 2001, and 2002.The State-by-State results are:
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