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Taylor Ray Amos, 28, spends some time with his children, Walker, ten months old, and Taylee, five years old, in the morning at home before he heads out to work.

Amos, 28, set out on his own in 2007, never personally experiencing the dynamics of the quota system. Instead, he has experimented and adjusted in hopes of creating the type of tobacco-growing operation that can succeed in the contemporary economy of the ÒOld Belt,Ó where fewer farmers are producing more tobacco, with an emphasis on quality. He has expanded his crop to 103 acres, aiming to place as much of it as possible into the top quality bracket of the cigarette companiesÕ rating system. And heÕs not alone.

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