US tobacco farmers plead for help
US tobacco farmers are pleading for guarantees of help from the government and the tobacco industry.
Approval of a multibillion-dollar compensation agreement is awaited to pay for smoking-related illnesses. The farmers harvest has been adversely affected by the weather and prices are down.
Price supports are likely to continue but Dan Glickman, the US agriculture secretary, has refused to endorse farmers demands for cash buyouts and other economic help.