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Tobacco going once: Photos from auction at Farmers Tobacco Warehouse

Dozens of tobacco farmers and tobacco buyers visited Farmers Tobacco Warehouse No. 1 in Danville for a tobacco auction Tuesday morning.

Tobacco auctions help farmers that either don’t have a contract with a big tobacco company or can’t afford expensive equipment to bundle and transport their tobacco, warehouse owner Jerry Rankin said. Auctions provide a “floor” on tobacco prices for smaller farmers, he explained.

Rankin estimated 230,000 to 240,000 pounds of tobacco were up for auction Tuesday morning.

(Photos by Ben Kleppinger  /  ben.kleppinger@amnews.com  / Order prints: http://bit.ly/2gH6uW6)