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The rumor mill has been swirling these past few months about the final tobacco buy-out payment to producers. Late last year, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that tobacco buyout payments would be subjected to a 7.2% sequestration this year. However, Senator McCon-nell contacted Agri-culture Secre-tary Tom Vilsack and Office of Manage-ment and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell identifying a provision within the Budget Control Act that would allow quota holders to receive full payment.
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