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Tobacco Quota Holders, Producers Reminded Of Sign-Up Deadline

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services today reminded tobacco quota holders and producers not currently enrolled in the Tobacco Transition Payment Program (TTPP) that they have until Nov. 2 to sign-up to receive a 2010 TTPP payment.

The Nov. 2 deadline also applies to sales of remaining payments.

The TTPP, also known as the tobacco buy-out, provides approximately $10 billion in 10 annual installments to eligible tobacco quota holders and producers from 2005 through 2014. 

Payments for 2010 through 2014 will be issued annually in January.

Tobacco quota holders and producers have until Nov. 2 to sell their remaining five annual payments to a successor to receive a lump-sum payment.  Certain requirements must be met to qualify for lump-sum payments.

More information on lump-sum payments is available at www.fsa.usda.gov/tobacco or by calling the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) at 202-720-7901.

Contract holders who do not complete this process by Nov. 2 can arrange for the sale of their remaining four payments beginning January 19.

The TTPP marks the end of federal tobacco marketing quota and price support loan programs.  This program helps American tobacco quota holders and producers transition to the free market.  Payments are made from assessments on tobacco product importers and manufacturers.

For more information about TTPP, visit the local FSA county office or www.fsa.usda.gov/tobacco.