Representatives from University of Georgia recently said that current year farmers in state of Georgia have planted almost 15,000 acres of tobacco.
Michael Moore, who is the professor and cooperative extension agronomist, said in an interview to the Telegraph of Macon that farmers in Georgia have grown more tobacco in 2013 than in past 4 years.
The raise in tobacco growing in Georgia is connected mainly to an increase in local tobacco demand. One of the reasons for high tobacco demand is a hurricane that occured in North Carolina in 2010 which affected negatively crops of tobacco and made consumers look for tobacco in other states.
Current year, heavy rains could also affect tobacco production and change demand for it in various states. Generally, 2013 is a favorable year for tobacco industry, but not only in Georgia but also in South Carolina and North Carolina, the tobacco crop is affected by heavy rainfall.
To note, shortfall in North Carolina is about 25%, South Carolina is almost the same. Georgia reported from 40 to 45% shortfall.
Moore said that in Georgia there are about 150 farmers who grow tobacco these days in comparison with 1000 famers that were 25 years ago. He added that though there are fewer farmers growing tobacco in Georgia, the size of the farms became larger.
The main cause of lowering the number of farmers who grow tobacco is that this crop requires more labor and more farmers tuned to other crops that require less effort.
Daniel Johnson, of Alma, says that he does not see new people in tobacco growing because here it is necessary to have a lot of expensive equipment.