Most farmers in the state of Kentucky have long been economically dependent on the lucrative tobacco crop, but the tobacco industry is showing the signs of deterioration. Many agricultural researchers suggest that the economic rewards derived from tobacco production will further decline as a result of legislative, economic, and social pressures. An agricultural alternative for traditional tobacco farmers is corn production, specifically corn production for ethanol plants.
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Medlin, Jenna Stutts, "Ethanol - One Solution to Kentucky's Dependence on the Tobacco Economy" (1997). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 130.