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Tobacco Associates meeting on Thursday

By Staff Reports
Published in News on February 21, 2010 12:42 PM

Tobacco Associates Inc. will hold its 63rd annual meeting on Thursday at the Wilson County Agricultural Center Auditorium located at 1806 S. Goldsboro St., Wilson. The meeting program will begin at 10 a.m.

This year's annual meeting speakers will discuss changes and trends in the domestic and intemational tobacco market. Dr. Richard Reich, assistant N.C. commissioner of agriculture, will welcome the group and discuss the department's activities.

Darryl Jayson, vice president of the Tobacco Merchants Association, will focus on global trends, issues and opportunities in the world market.

Blake Brown, Hugh C. Kiger Professor at N.C. State University, will discuss the tobacco economy and issues impacting tobacco growers.

Kirk Wayne, president of Tobacco Associates, will report on Tobacco Associates' market development activities, and Allen Wooten, chairman of the board, will preside at the meeting and provide a grower's perspective on promoting U.S. tobacco.

During the business portion of the meeting, the delegated members from the flve flue-cured tobacco producing states will nominate and elect the 2010 Board of Directors of Tobacco Associates.

Tobacco Associates, financed by the tobacco farmers, was organized in 1941 with the mission of promoting U.S. leaf tobacco in the world market. Anyone interested in tobacco is welcome to attend.