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A time honored tradition

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By Neal Cardin

In the tradition of many family farms, May was the beginning of the tobacco setting season. The plants were pulled from plant beds or float beds and transplanted into the patch. The sun is shining and the temperatures are climbing higher as the tractor and setter moves along leaving rows of burley in its path. As times change and the family farms have disappeared, many tobacco producers have also forgone the cash crop due to the government buyout several years ago. Some farmers still grow burley on private contracts with tobacco companies. Brothers Ray Allen and David Mackey, ower/operators of Meadow View Farms, grow approxiametly 40 acres of burley on their Glendale farm. The Mackey's started setting the crop on May 12 as the ground became dry enough to properly work.

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