Missouri tobacco farmers struggle

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) - Missouri farmers report they're struggling to sell tobacco after Philip Morris stopped purchasing the crops last year. Farmers told the St. Joseph News-Press that they're unsure where to sell the tobacco and might have to seek buyers across state lines.

That will likely increase costs. Last year, tobacco mogul Philip Morris USA announced it would no longer purchase Missouri tobacco. Louis Smither, co-owner of the New Deal Tobacco Warehouse, says smoking bans, campaigns to cut tobacco use and increased cigarette taxes have lowered demand.

Smither says small farmers are being pinched. --- Information from: St. Joseph News-Press, http://www.stjoenews-press.com

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