Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association
The primary purpose of the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association is to work on behalf of our members to promote, foster and encourage the business of marketing tobacco, to minimize speculation and waste in the production and marketing of tobacco, to stabilize tobacco markets, and to handle cooperatively and collectively the problems of tobacco growers.
Consistent with this purpose, our major goal is to improve profitability and stability for our members, while maintaining or increasing production market share.
The Burley Cooperative is governed by a 23 -member Board of Directors of which 22 are individually elected by the Co-op members. The other director is elected by the board as a director at-large. The Board of Directors represents growers’ concerns and addresses tobacco issues at the local, state, national, and world levels. The Burley Co-op is the voice for burley tobacco farmers and their families.
Membership is defined as (a) Grower members - Any person that joins the Association and so certifies to the Association that he or she is a producer (land owner, operator, landlord, tenant or sharecropper) currently sharing in the risk of producing and marketing Burley tobacco in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Ohio and West Virginia and certifies to the Association that he or she is producing at least 500 pounds of Burley tobacco during the current crop year or has reported growing at least 500 pounds of Burley tobacco to the Farm Service Agency on the FSA-578 (crop report) the previous year.
Robert L. James
Roger F. Quarles
Pat Raines, President
Guy J. Heitkemper
Larry Stone Gomer
James Dale Seay
Treasurer Al Pedigo
Secretary Robert Reed Bush
Eddie Warren, Vice President
Director at Large