I'm no expert either but I know a little.
The primary crop in Kentucky is Burley Red Tobacco. Its air cured, as opposed to flue cured, on sticks, in barns.
The primary use is for cigarette production.
In the past, it was mostly for domestic use, but the international market is growing faster than the domestic market is contracting.
Since the tobacco settlement and the collapse of the price support system, production in KY is down considerably. (I don't have a statistic) Money from the settlement was used to buyout tobacco quotas. Quotas were granted by the government to produce a certain number of pounds of tobacco.
Farmers were part of a cooperative that auctioned the tobacco to cigarette companies.
When the prices were high and supplies low, money was put away to support prices when supplies were high.
Cigarette companies buy directly from farmers now, destroying the auction business that supported warehouses in Lexington. The tobacco auctions are now a thing of the past.
The cigars are not made from this tobacco. My understanding is that they are made from tobaccos that are Broad Leaf.