Tobacco Quota Buy-Out Program

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There's growing momentum in Washington to pay tobacco farmers to stop growing leaf and to allow the Food and Drug Administration to regulate the tobacco industry.

All this week and next in the House Ag Committee, tobacco representatives are discussing the quota system and attempting to come to an agreement on how to disband quota.

Quota is a 65 year old program created by Congress that controls how much tobacco is grown by farmers.

If the buy-out occurs farmers would no longer need quota to grow the leaf. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee says to get the buyout the bill would have to be linked with giving the F.D.A. Regulatory authority over tobacco products.