President George W. Bush signed the $10.1 billion tobacco into law Oct. 22.

“With today's enactment of the tobacco buyout, the dream has become a reality,” says U.S. Rep. Mike McInytre, D-N.C. “After many years of hard work and effort, I am pleased that relief and stability is finally here for our tobacco farmers and communities. The tobacco buyout will change the face of eastern North Carolina and provide a much-needed economic boost. This is a historic and fantastic day for North Carolina!”