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Feeling the heat and dampness of his tobacco crop, Danny Coffman pushes his way through one of his 13 tobacco barns around Hopkin County, hoping to find it cooler, dryer and on schedule for future stripping at his farm.

Danny Coffman

story by Olivia Korman



Fransico Pancho, one of four migrant workers at Deer Creek Angus Farm in Hanson, Kentucky, waits for his boss as they socialize with the owner at Young Tobacco Warehouse not far from their family farm. They are on the way home after a two hour process of dropping off a load of their dry tobacco at the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. in Hopkinsville.







Soft evening light glows against farmer Danny Coffman's tobacco crop in Hanson, Kentucky. One of his thirteen barns scattered around town, the family run farm is a seventh generation tobacco farm that has used migrant workers from mexico for five years now.


A neighbor's dog chaces Danny Coffman's tobacco truck down the road to his family farm in Hanson, Kentucky. Coffman worked in the coal mines for eighteen years but saved and improved his generational tobacco farm that is now three hundred and ten acres, "I like what I do... tobacco farming has it's headaches but at least their my own headaches and not someone elses."


At the Deer Creek Angus Barn, tobacco farmer Danny Coffman looks for his son Carroll while rumbling around his three hundred and ten acres in the old work pick-up. Their Community recognized farm has been in the Coffman name for six generations now, going on seven, with Carroll learning to fill his father's shoes.