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Center For Tobacco Grower Research

The Center for Tobacco Grower Research (CTGR) was created in 2007 at the University of Tennessee to conduct timely research in the areas of tobacco production, economics, and markets that will provide information to support the U.S. production of burley, flue-cured, dark and other types of tobacco.  CTGR has a database of over 8,000 former and current tobacco growers (and growing) that volunteered from 14 different states to help provide vital information about current and future tobacco production and marketing. CTGR greatly appreciates the participation of all the growers and hopes to provide the growers and industry with valuable information about U.S. tobacco production.

U.S. Tobacco GAP Program

The concept of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) aims at ensuring sustainable, economically viable production of usable tobacco and can be defined as: agricultural practices which produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, air, animal and plant life as well as protecting and ensuring the rights of farm laborers. To download the U.S. Tobacco GAP Program and other related resources click here.


Tobacco Budgeting System

To help growers make better decisions about their tobacco operation the CTGR developed, with the help of the coordinating Universities, the Tobacco Budgeting System (TBS).  The TBS is an annual budget generator for tobacco that allows growers to have an interactive budget tool to calculate their current costs of production. The tool allows growers to test different scenarios such as increases or decreases in disease pressure and input costs. We will be updating the database of common chemicals and machinery along with prices to help create a realistic cost structure for growers. Growers can save and print these budgets for their records.

To learn more about the Tobacco Budgeting System or to download the program click here.

Get Informed: Labor Laws

Do you know what employee records are required by the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor? Do you know what the requirements for Farm Labor Contractors (FLCs) and Farm Labor Contractor Employees (FLCEs)? The Wage and Hour Division is responsible for administering several statutes that protect different types of agricultural workers, including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)
  • The H-2A visa program
  • The Field Sanitation Provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act

Find out more about these statutes and requirements by visiting the Wage and Hour Division’s website for Agricultural Employment.  Also, find out more about the records required by the FLSA by checking out the employment law guide.


CTGR coordinates with other tobacco state universities who remain committed to providing tobacco producers and stakeholders with timely, unbiased transparent information about the industry. CTGR research and outreach are supported by grants from the tobacco industry and stakeholders.  To find more information about your organization becoming a sponsor, please contact Jane Starnes by phone at (865) 974-0414 or by email at


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Center for Tobacco Grower Research
2621 Morgan Circle Drive
302B Morgan Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Phone: 865.974.0414