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Leaf & tobacco processing

Essential but illegal: corona raises cannabis questions

25 Jun 2020. Governors of more than 20 US states deemed legal cannabis an essential business as the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 virus began to take hold in their jurisdictions. But while the pandemic has boosted the drug’s profile, sales and, according to some, chances of federal legalisation, the industry remains fenced off from financial aid packages and its businesses have been left wondering just how essential they really are.
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From tobacco to hemp

25 Jun 2020. As legislation changes and consumers move away from traditional cigarettes, is the switch from tobacco to hemp really worth the hype? TJI correspondent Charlotte Lambert takes a closer look at the changing face of the US’s tobacco and hemp farms.
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Executive Farm Management Programme

25 Jun 2020. The North Carolina State University (NCSU) in the United States offers a 12-day course that teaches farmers important managing skills and helps them to become better managers. TJI correspondent Rocky Womack looked into how the programme works and what benefits it brings.
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The tobacco sector‘s future: crystal but not clear

25 Jun 2020. Among many other markets, COVID-19 has had a big impact on the tobacco growers and their annual tobacco auctions. The International Tobacco Growers Association (ITGA) is doing everything possible to help those in need of support. Mercedes Vázquez, ITGA Farmers‘ Association Coordinator and Public Relations Officer gives an insight into what they are doing.
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Zimbabwe’s two-way tobacco spiral

25 Jun 2020. Zimbabwe’s flue-cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco leaf has gone through a period of soaring ‧production while prices paid to farmers carried on crashing. Tentative signs from seed sales in 2019 and first reports from the 2020 auctions suggest this situation may be about to change. Production ‧appears to be faltering but prices may fall even further, if that is at all possible.
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