Tobacco Good Agricultural Practices
Our Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program promotes sustainable agricultural practices through:
- Engagement & Communication – We talk regularly with growers, and company grower representatives make on-farm visits. We also include GAP topics in grower meetings and newsletters;
- Tools – Each grower receives a U.S. Tobacco GAP handbook featuring our GAP guidelines
- Expanded Resources – Through collaboration with GAP Connections, growers can access a variety of GAP topics, like preventing Green Tobacco Sickness, website resources, an expanded computer-based record keeping tool, education programs and university-based grower trainings. GAP Connections also provides governance and oversight related to the U.S. Tobacco GAP handbook; and
- University Support – We invest in sustainable tobacco production research through land-grant universities. We also contribute funding to develop state tobacco production guides.
In addition to sourcing most of our tobacco from U.S. farmers, we also buy tobacco from suppliers who purchase tobacco in more than 10 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Macedonia, Turkey and Malawi. We require international and domestic suppliers to design GAP programs with their contracted growers. We then assess those suppliers to make sure GAP programs are in place and communicated to their contracted growers.