Tennessee tobacco farmers are concerned that Philip Morris USA may close Tennessee Valley Tobacco Services receiving station, which takes in 6 million lbs. of burley tobacco annually, generates US$10.5M in sales

LOS ANGELES , January 11, 2012 () – Tobacco farmers in Tennessee are concerned that Philip Morris USA may close Tennessee Valley Tobacco Services receiving station in Midway, TriCities.com reported on Jan. 11.

The receiving station takes in 6 million pounds of burley tobacco annually. According to Jonathan Cavin, a local farmer, 138 farmers use the receiving station, which generates US$10.5 million in sales.

The Altria Group, parent company to Philip Morris, called Tennessee tobacco farmers and invited them to a meeting. A spokesman from Philip Morris confirmed that the meeting will occur, but declined to discuss what the meeting is about.

The primary source of this article is TriCities.com, Johnson City, Tennessee, on Jan. 11, 2012.

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