August 05, 2018 1 min read

In North Carolina's re-energized Bull City, the emphasis is on culture and cuisine rather than tobacco and textiles. Durham has recently been crowned North Carolina’s hippest city by Vogue Magazine. According to them, “In recent years, a bustling and creative culinary scene has emerged. The Durham Performing Arts Center, American Tobacco Campus, Brightleaf Square, and Durham Bulls games—where you can watch a home run while noshing on empanadas and peach cobbler with ice cream—are also noteworthy attractions.” 

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Tobacco has long been a staple crop in Southern States. Farms in the United States produced nearly 800 million pounds of tobacco in 2012. In 2012, tobacco was grown in 19 U.S. states, with North Carolina, Kentucky, and Georgia accounting for nearly 80% of total production.

Interesting Fact: US farmers are expected to sell more than 700 million pounds of leaf per year. The domestic market isn’t where most American-raised tobacco ends up. According to the Department of Agriculture, more than 60 percent goes overseas.