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.