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Jun. 23--Burley farmers were left out of yesterday's dramatic settlement between cigarette makers and states that have sued them over health-care expenses.
And Kentucky farmers and lawmakers are worried that the settlement's provisions -- which could result in price increases as high as 75 cents for a pack of cigarettes -- might plow under tobacco farmers.
"This agreement could expose our Kentucky farmers to devastation," said U.S. Rep. Scotty Baesler, D-Lexington, the only tobacco farmer in Congress.
The proposed agreement would require congressional approval -- and Kentucky officials said yesterday that the lack of explicit protection …