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Fewer than 4,500 tobacco farmers remain in Kentucky in wake of buyouts

John Rothenburger is one of fewer than 4,500 tobacco growers left in Kentucky — a state where the crop used to be king. Growing health concerns about tobacco use, as well as the increasing number of foreign growers, have devastated the industry in the state. A Shelby County tobacco farmer since 1974, Rothenburger started when […]

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