USTC’s principal business is being a leaf supplier. We supply premium flue-cured tobacco in the world to domestic and global markets. Our tobacco has a rich aroma and taste that is a key component to any quality cigarette. We only source flue-cured tobacco from members of the Cooperative, who are located in the southeastern United States. The U.S. flue-cured crop is the most sustainable and socially responsible tobacco crop in the world.
At the core of our business are the 700+ Cooperative members who run large-scale, commercial tobacco operations in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. This region is acknowledged as the home of the world’s finest flue-cured tobacco. Its uniqueness comes from the climate, the soil, and how the crop is grown, harvested and cured. Each grower in the Cooperative meets strict compliance with U.S. agricultural standards and labor laws. Our growers are heavily invested in conservation and are required to adhere to stringent local, state and federal environmental laws. In addition, our growers are required to meet all federal labor and occupational safety laws.
USTC has strong ties to North Carolina State University. The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University is recognized as the global authority on tobacco production and research. Through our sponsorship and funding of scholarships and research, USTC growers have access to the most advanced data on seed varieties, cultivation practices, cost of production and pest management practices.