INTRODUCTION Tobacco farmers have many memories of the autumn tobacco market – the crowds, the pickup trucks loaded with tobacco, the aroma of the leaf, the enthusiasm when getting a check for a year’s hard work. But the image, more than any other, that calls to mind those glory days is the tobacco auctioneer working his sales magic on the warehouse floor with his unique uninterpretable chant. The auctioneer became the symbol of the industry. This did not happen quickly. It took 200 years.
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