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:


	Fire-Cured Tobacco - (Types 21 through 23)



STATE 		YES 	NO 	TOTAL 	% FAVORING
QUOTAS



Kentucky 	2,224 	222 	2,446 	90.9%
Tennessee 1,863 144 2,007 92.8%
Virginia 722 54 776 93.0%
TOTAL 4,809 420 5,229 92.0%



	Dark Air-Cured Tobacco - (Types 35 and 36)



Indiana 	5 	1 	6 	83.3%
Kentucky 3,822 461 4,283 89.2%
Tennessee 958 48 1,006 95.2%
TOTAL 4,785 510 5,295 90.4%