Agriculture experts were surprised to know Kentucky farmers planted over 70 thousand acres of tobacco this year; a three thousand acre increase from last year.
Over 70 acres in Kentucky 3,000 acre increase from 2005 analysts predict 17% decrease due to federal tobacco buyout Phillip Morris offers incentive program to pay farmers premiums
Analysts predicted a 17%decrease for 2006 because the federal tobacco quota buyout program ended price supports in 2005.
They prompted about half the state's farmers to drop tobacco production.
Tobacco giant phillip morris offered farmers an incentive program which paid farmers premiums to sign deals with the company early in the season.
Additional incentives for those who delivered one hundred percent of thier contract pounds and expanded thier tobacco acres.