Burley Marketing Center Grant
The two remaining burley auction warehouses left in North Carolina were considering closing before the 2002 season ? forcing NC burley producers to travel out-of-state to market their crop. In addition, no burley tobacco companies had contract receiving stations in North Carolina. Qualified Agricultural Program grant money was used to create a pilot marketing center for burley tobacco in Asheville, which helps our burley producers save travel costs and reduces the flow of money out of the western NC agricultural economy. Neither burley auction warehouses had to close and both now participate in the Center.