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for Independent Weekly Vol. 17 Issue 12, Mar 1999
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Wearing apparel displaying college logos is often produced in third-world sweatshops. A Duke-logo baseball cap costs $20, and the university receives $1.50 through licensing. However, production costs only about eight cents in workers' wages. In 1997, some Duke students organized Students Against sweatshops to protest for better working conditions in factories that produce Duke-logo licensed material.
With the federal government's cancellation of basic commodities price supports in 1996, the state's farmers received lower prices for items including hogs, soybeans, and tobacco. The Specialty-Crops Program, started in 1997, seeks to develop niche crops for farmers to supplement lost income. Echinacea, a plant with healing properties, is being studied as a possible niche crop.