North Carolina has a rich history of tobacco production, and it remains our state’s largest export crop.
N.C. tobacco growers recently reached an agreement with China to provide 52 million pounds of tobacco for the country. The deal was made with China Tobacco International, China’s government-run tobacco company. The sale will increase tobacco sales to the country by 25 percent over last year.
The deal comes on the heels of Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s trade mission to China in August, when he met with Chinese government officials and farmers to promote North Carolina commodities and open lines of trade that would help N.C. growers stay in business.
Read more about the NCDA&CS’ international marketing efforts and the N.C. tobacco industry in these previous In the Field posts: