An unidentified tobacco farm in Elgin County, 1956.
St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds, C8 Sh2 B2 F5 3a.

Tobacco was big business in Elgin County. A part of the tobacco belt, Elgin County tobacco farms contributed to the billions of pounds of tobacco that were produced in Ontario over the last century. Tobacco production was a major economic driver in the region and provided employment and income for hundreds of workers and farmers in the area. At its peak, Ontario tobacco producers grew over 200 million pounds of tobacco a year. However, taxation, increased importation and illegal contraband tobacco have contributed to the demise of a once thriving agricultural sector.

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