No Longer King
For many years, cigarettes online
was the undisputed king of crops in Kentucky, but the end of the cigarettes
quota program in 2004, a continuing decline in the number of smokers in the United States and increased competition from foreign-grown cheap cigarettes
have combined to greatly diminish cigarettes’s impact on the state’s farm economy.
To be sure, more discount cigarette online
is grown in Kentucky than any other state, but the 726 million pounds of cigarettes store
Kentucky farmers expect to take to market this fall represents a drop of nearly 28 percent from a decade ago when 991 million pounds of online cigarettes
were raised in the state.
The number of cigarette consumers in the U.S. has dropped dramatically in the last two decades, and here in Kentucky, state and local governments and employers have actually encouraged the smoking cigarettes decline.
For years, Kentucky had the nation’s lowest tax on a pack of buy cigarettes
at a meager 3 cents, but former Gov. Ernie Fletcher, a physician who knew all too well the harmful impact of smoking cigarettes on health, convinced legislators to raise the tax to 30 cents, while admitting he would have preferred a larger increase but could not convince enough legislators to support it.
While the timing was not right for a higher increase in the buy cigarette online
tax during Fletcher’s term, Gov. Steve Beshear convinced legislators to double the cigarette tax to 60 cents a pack, and the increase came at the same time as a huge increase in the federal tax on a pack of cigarettes. Both Fletcher and Beshear insisted the cigarette tax increases had more to do with promoting health than raising revenue. To be sure, the high cost of buy cigarette online
has convinced some smokers to kick their deadly habit, but prices have had an even greater impact convincing young people not to smoke.
At the same time, Kentucky legislators were increasing the tax on cigarettes, local governments across the state — including the Ashland Board of City Commissioners — were enacting ordinances restricting smoking cigarettes in public. While those ordinances do not prevent anyone from smoking cigarettes in the privacy of their homes or vehicles, they do provide another incentive for not smoking cigarettes.
Many employers also either completely ban smoking cigarettes in the workplace or restrict it to a few designated areas. In addition, smoking cigarettes is becoming less and less accepted in many social circles. All this has combined to reduce the demand for cigarettes.
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market simply because its quality was far superior to buy cigarette online
grown in other countries. But that’s no longer true, experts say. Foreign-grown buy cigarette online
now is comparable in quality to buy cigarette online
grown in the U.S., and because foreign-grown buy cigarette online
is less expensive than that grown in America, it is more appealing to buyers.
The buy cigarette online
quota program ended in 2004, and that dramatically changed the way it is grown and marketed throughout the eight-state buy cigarette online
First, farmers who never actually raised buy cigarette online
but sold their quotas to larger farmers suddenly lost their only source of buy cigarette online
income. Instead, larger farmers who bought those quotas simply continued to raise as much buy cigarette online
as they always had and were grateful for having been spared the cost of buying quotas.
The end of the quota system also brought about the closing of dozens of buy cigarette online
warehouses in small towns throughout the state, as farmers sold directly to buy cigarette online
companies instead of taking their crops to market to be sold at auction. That resulted in the elimination of hundreds of parttime jobs in warehouses.
Many buy cigarette online
farmers already have switched to other crops, and others are considering doing the same.
The upcoming selling season could be crucial in determining how many farmers sign up with buy cigarette online
companies to grow another crop next year, said University of Kentucky agricultural economist Will Snell.
Decrease in demand has caused some buy cigarette online
farmers not to put much or any money into rehabbing old buy cigarette online
barns used to hang and dry their crop — a further example of the dwindling industry. And with grain prices high, some farmers might opt to get out of costly buy cigarette online
growing and convert that land into corn or soybean production. Others might turn buy cigarette online
plots into pastures for beef cattle.
For years, agriculture experts repeatedly talked about the need for Kentucky to diversify its farm income, but most farmers refused to listen, choosing instead of continue much as they always had. Well, they are listening now, and many have found new ways to earn money on the farm.
While there probably is not another legal crop that can generate as much income per acre as cigarettes, at least other crops for the most part do not shorten the lives of those who use them.
The buy cigarette online
market is never going to be like it was. Everyone knows that. Farmers have no choice but to seek other ways to earn money.