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Our company pioneered earth-friendly tobacco farming practices in the 1980s. Then, as now, our persistent willingness to do things the tobacco industry might have thought impossible was a natural outgrowth of who we are as a company. But doing things differently...is who we’ve always been.
Start with tobacco. No additives or flavorings. Use the best part of the tobacco plant. No stems, no puffed tobacco, no reconstituted sheet and scrap tobacco. Just 100 percent tobacco leaf. It might cost us more, but it’s well worth it. And has been since the company began in 1982.
In 1989, we took yet another trailblazing step when we introduced growers we contract with to a program that would drastically reduce their use of pesticides. Then, we went further.
“To create an organic finished product, everything must be approved by the USDA. It has to be certified from seed to stick. That means everything from processing, manufacturing, storage, receiving raw tobacco, farms and the products — all of those standards have to be met.” — Fielding D., SFNTC leaf department
An unheard of proposition at the time, but today the demand for organic tobacco leaf is doubling each year.
We now contract with farmers growing certified organic tobacco in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Brazil. And we’re looking to bring more farmers into the organic and earth-friendly fold.
We believe we’re even influencing other tobacco companies to consider adopting aspects of our reduced pesticide approach.
It’s good for the farmer — both financially and environmentally. Reducing and even eliminating the use of many chemicals is beneficial both to the environment and our communities. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.
In establishing these programs, we worked closely with growers and made many visits to their farms to tackle issues as they arose. Like any pioneering effort, much of what we did to bring forward a better way of farming was through trial and error. And we have no illusions about providing the last word on the subject. In many ways, we are just scratching the surface.
Along the way, we have had the pleasure of working with many exceptional people who share a dedication to producing the finest tobacco possible, some of whom are mentioned on this site. And it’s a result of these working partnerships that led us to write a book about it.
“Relationships are so important. Every grower has my mobile, home, and office phone number. And we talk like ol' buddies, which makes it easy.” — Fielding D.
“Our relationship and commitment to the growers is, and will always be, that important to us. These growers understand our position, and continue to grow quality crops for us year after year.” — Mike Little, SFNTC President
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