Edamame to the Rescue?
Before the tobacco quota buyouts of 2002 and 2004, tobacco had been a big pillar of Virginia agriculture. Now, researchers at Virginia State University have identified vegetable soybean (edamame) as a potentially profitable option for former tobacco farmers. Similar to tobacco, edamame can potentially, with proper marketing, emerge as a lucrative cash crop. With help from VSU and the Virginia Tobacco Commission, tobacco is emerging as a specialty crop in Virginia.
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