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Connecticut Shade Tobacco on the Verge of Extinction

More than 700 acres of Connecticut farmland were planted with shade tobacco in 2011. Since then, those shade plantings have plummeted by nearly 80%, a decline that has some experts fearing that this iconic, century-old crop is about to vanish forever from the state's landscape.

It is out of such concern, that Cigar Rights of America (CRA) initiated a letter from Connecticut Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT) to the U.S. Department of Agriculture raising the concern of federal cigar regulation on Connecticut tobacco farmers.

To read the full article published in the Hartford Courant, please click the image below.

Photographed by Cloe Poisson for Hartford Courant

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