Bringing Back the Burley

Philip Morris targets Mid-Atlantic and Ohio for burley tobacco cost-sharing.

In mid-September, Philip Morris launched cost-share incentive programs to encourage farmers to expand burley tobacco production. Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio are prime target markets, according to Hal Teegarden, PM's cost-share administrator.

Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin are also areas where PM hopes to expand burley production. The incentives cover a variety of equipment ranging from $500 for a trailer used to support burley harvesting to $10,000 for a burley harvester.

In the Mid-Atlantic, PM seeks growers of Pennsylvania Type 31 and Maryland Type 32. The catch is that applications must be in by Nov. 1. What'll they pay for:

Curing facilities: 30% up to $500 per acre; Maximum 5 acres.

Greenhouses: 20% of one structure up to $3,000.

Irrigation: 20%, up to $3,000 for traveling gun or solid set.

Big balers: $2,500 for new; 20% of used cost up to $2,500.

Transplanters: $1,000 per row unit (new); 30% of used cost up to $1,500.

Burley harvesters: Depends on the harvester.

Trailers: 20% of cost up to $500.

Market prep/storage: 20%, up to $3,000.

Reimbursements will be limited to two items per eligible grower household. Visit with local receiving station operators for more details.

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