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Campus grocer Fresh Madison Market announces it will no longer carry cigarettes, saying that the sale of tobacco products is “not in keeping with our mission of nutrition and good health.” Read more

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Federal price-support legislation helped farmers of all stripes who were reeling under the pressure of the Great Depression. Here's how the tobacco subsidy system worked. Read more

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Here's an outline of important events in Wisconsin's long tobacco history, covering business, agriculture and regulation. Read more

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More photos of the local air-cured tobacco landscape, plus a documentary film from 1959 depicting a flue-cured tobacco harvest in Ontario, Canada. Read more

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Parts of Wisconsin are extremely conducive to growing tobacco, including the south-central part of the state. But it can be tough on the land, sucking micronutrients out of the soil, and it is tillage-intensive as well. Read more

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Ellen J. Meany

Tobacco is native to the Americas, like its sister plant the potato, and most likely originated in Peru. It was considered a medicine in ancient times, and really still is, at root, a nicotine delivery device. Read more

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