Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association
About Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association
The BTGCA is an association headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. The BTGCA is owned and operated by tobacco farmers in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri and West Virginia.
The BTGCA was founded in 1921 by a group of tobacco farmers with a unique, but simple vision for marketing the highest quality tobacco in the world. With the formation of this new organization, tobacco farmers could produce, process and effectively market their tobacco directly to manufacturers.
From 1941 until 2004 the BTGCA played an active role in operating the U.S. Federal Tobacco Program for burley tobacco growers in its member states. The BTGCA managed excess tobacco to provide stability to the tobacco market. Tobacco was processed and stored until it could be sold at a later date.
In 2004, the U.S. Federal Tobacco Program was eliminated . However, the BTGCA continues as a viable cooperative association. We have the experience and capacity to supply the highest quality burley tobacco to customers worldwide.