we are textile and tobacco territory. textiles have long since moved to Mexico and the county where we have our business there are 65% receiving some type of government assistance.. The tobacco industry is only staying alive because Japan has developed a smoking craz… I am not a smoker but I do see generations of farmers having to scramble to grow some type of crop to feed their families…. Why don’t they grow something useful? Because our soil really only supports perhaps 3 good basic crops… possibly 4 since the largest grower a mile up the road from us went to chili peppers last year.
These types of things trickle down to our business.. and then affects the local businesses we support ….