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Report predicts slight growth for GA tobacco

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BAY, GA (WALB) - Even though Georgia's Tobacco crop has declined in production since its peak in the mid 90s, it may be heading towards a slight upswing.

A GPB report says a new buyer in the state tied with Asian markets could increase the crop production.

A tobacco agronomist at UGA's cooperative extension thinks Georgia has reached a bottom slope. 

The company's contract with Georgia growers would send tobacco to Asian buyers. It did not mention the company.

We spoke to one farmer who sells to R.J. Reynolds. He says the Asian demand has not affected him, but recent rain has helped his crop.

"It started out worse this year but it looks like it's going to turn out as good as last year," said Farmer, Andy Parker. "We've gotten some rain lately and it's really come out."

Parker grows 90 acres of tobacco. He's already at a loss this year because the cost of diesel and fertilizer has increased along with cigarette taxes.