In North Carolina, one of the most important tobacco growing states in the U.S., funding provided by the 1998 Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) has been invested into research and training programmes to help tobacco farmers transition to other crops, such as grapes and sweet potato. Grapes are one of the fastest expanding commodities in North Carolina. They can be used to make a variety of added-value products such as wine,[1] juice, syrups, jams and jellies.