The Council for Burley Tobacco is responsible for the collection and investment of the Kentucky Burley Tobacco Check-off funds. On December 20, 1976 an agreement was executed between The Council for Burley Tobacco and the Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association (BTGCA) in which 40% of the annual check-off funds are given to the BTGCA.


KDA Tobacco Assessment Memo

Kentucky Revised Statute 247.770 requires that a tobacco assessment is to be collected by all persons or businesses that purchase burley tobacco in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.


The assessment is based on the pounds of burley tobacco purchased, at one tenth of a cent per pound of burley tobacco. For example, if a buyer purchases 10,000 pounds of burley tobacco from an individual then the assessment on the sale would be $10.00.  The assessment is applicable to all burley tobacco that is sold in the state, regardless of where the tobacco was produced.


The assessment is levied each time there is a sale of this tobacco.


All assessment payments shall be made payable to the Council of Burley Tobacco on or before the fifteenth (15th) day of each month.  Payments should be mailed to the following address:


Council of Burley Tobacco

PO Box 910546

Lexington, KY 40591


The failure of a person or business to comply with the deadline for assessment payment is no less than $25 and no more than $50 per each offense.  The books and records of all tobacco warehouses, tobacco manufacturers and tobacco dealer operators shall at reasonable times be open for inspection by the Commissioner or his duly authorized agents for the purpose of ascertaining the accuracy of the amounts remitted.


Any producer shall have the right to request a refund of the assessment from the treasurer of the Council of Burley Tobacco within thirty (30) days from the date the assessment was collected.  All requests must be submitted in writing to the same address as the payment address listed above.



2020-2021 Check-off Payments To Date


Farmers Warehouse


JTI Leaf Services


Philip Morris USA



RJ Reynolds


Universal Leaf North America



US Smokeless



Do you know of a warehouse, company, or auction house buying tobacco in Kentucky that is not listed above? If so share with us their information by emailing the Council.

Update March 29, 2021