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GAP training to sell tobacco

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By Rick Greenwell

Tobacco GAP training:
In case you haven’t heard, selling tobacco this year will require a GAP Certificate. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices and is being required by all tobacco companies. Some of the companies have been doing this for a few years but this winter the companies met and decided that everyone purchasing tobacco would require this certificate. There have been and will be many meetings across the State offering this opportunity to producers.

My concern locally is that not everyone knows about it, especially someone who has not grown tobacco in the last couple of years and is going to this year. I’ve been getting several calls asking about it, so if you know of someone, a neighbor, friend or family relative that is going to raise tobacco this year, please help spread the word.

Since the training has to be conducted by a university tobacco specialist, it would be physically impossible for every county to have one. To that point, the training for Marion, Nelson and Washington counties will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 1-6 p.m. at the Washington County Extension Office. The same training is being offered two times on this date but a producer only needs to attend one meeting. The GAP training will only take 45 minutes and the producer will receive their certificate. We will also be having a tobacco production meeting after the GAP training for those of you who would like to stay for that. The second portion of the meeting is optional. Dr. Bob Peirce, U.K. Tobacco Specialist will be conducting the training and the tobacco production meeting.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (859) 336-7741.