Universal Leaf Tobacco Co. is building a facility to extract juices from the sweet potato.
Natural Blend Vegetable Dehydration is producing various pet food products from sweet potatoes at its plant in Farmville, N.C.
There has been a particular problem the last few years with mechanically harvested flue-cured.
USDA projected that tobacco acreage of all types this year will be down nine percent from 2014 at 345,280 acres.
A farmer earlier this year wondered how many acres he would be able to plant this season. But he also had another question on his mind: If he cut back on farming the same amount of rented land he had in previous seasons, would he have enough work...
Cousins Matt Dicks and Jason Dicks are working out ways to make row crops pay off as part of their families' cattle operations.
They both would like to expand but finding available land for farming or ranching is a challenge in the area.
After the federal tobacco program ended and anyone could plant any type of tobacco anywhere, there was speculation burley tobacco—the cigarette type grown primarily in Kentucky and Tennessee—might spread to new areas.