Tobacco price supports survive stiff challenge
The House refused by a wide margin Wednesday to chop down the tobacco allotment program, sparing it from the ax used last week on the sugar and peanut programs.Skip to next paragraph
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The House rejected, 231 to 184, an amendment to the pending farm bill by Rep. Bob Shamansky (D) of Ohio which would have ended the tobacco program - a depression-era setup that artificially raises prices and restricts tobacco farming to those who inherit, rent, or buy allotments. It was its strongest challenge ever.