Kentucky's Tobacco Industry

Kentucky ranks 1st in burley, fire-cured, and dark-cured tobacco production, and 2nd in total tobacco production in the nation. Tobacco is one of Kentucky's top 5 agriculture exports. In 2014, 91,700 acres of tobacco were harvested in Kentucky, producing 214.3 million pounds of tobacco, with an average yield of 2,337 pounds per acre.

In 2014, Kentucky farmers grew 10,700 acres of fire-cured tobacco, 76,000 acres of burley tobacco, and 5,000 acres of dark-cured tobacco.

Top burley tobacco counties in Kentucky in 2013:

  1. Barren
  2. Allen
  3. Shelby
  4. Breckinridge
  5. Harrison

Data provided by Kentucky Farm Bureau

Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service and Economic Research Commission


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