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An agronomist with the state of North Carolina made an unusual appearance at a meeting of American leaf dealers and others interested in the U.S. leaf trade, making a plea for more dealer presence on the state's three burley markets.
"All I ask is that you pay us a little attention," said W.K. Collins, acting head of the department of crop science at North Carolina State University (NCSU). "I think we are 'for real' in burley, and I hope you will support us."
After years of declining interest, the burley growers of North Carolina warmed noticeably to the crop in 1991, when nearly 9,000 acres were planted.
"It won't be one of the major producing areas," …