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Tobacco buyers and farmers at the March 2006 auction at Farmers Tobacco Warehouse in Hughesville, Md. / Newsline photo by Jennifer Fu

Tobacco buyers and farmers at the March auction at Farmers warehouse in Hughesville, Md. (Newsline photo by Jennifer Fu)

Farmers Reflect on Dying Tobacco Industry as Buyers Bid at Auction

The tobacco auction in Southern Maryland may have been its last, experts say.

Background Story:
Tobacco Auction to Be Smallest in State's Recorded History

 



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Published May 4, 2006; Last updated: 12/08/06 11:12 AM

Special report produced by Maryland Newsline's Jennifer Fu; edited for the Web by Chris Harvey. With additional reporting by Maryland Newsline's Nicholas Sekkas. Banner graphic by Damon Curry.

Copyright 2006 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

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Maryland Newsline Special Report: The Tobacco Industry

Maryland Department of Agriculture press releases

Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission: The Tobacco Buyout

Searchable USDA database of agricultural statistics

Southern Maryland  Tobacco Barn Preservation Initiative