Each year tobacco producers are required to attend a “tobacco GAP meeting” Tobacco GAP (Good Agricultural Practice) is an educational partnership that provides tobacco growers with production and farm business management information. Tobacco growers will receive information on the latest research and tobacco production practices. Tobacco Extension Specialists from the University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee provide growers with the non-bias research based education. Representatives from the US Department of Labor provide growers up to date information on labor practices.
Tobacco growers must receive their training by June 30, 2020 in order for it to be posted to the account at GAP Connections. Over the course of the next 2 weeks 8 sessions will be held for in person trainings.
Sessions: Metcalfe County Extension Office June 2—10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Barren County Extension Office June 4—10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Barren County Extension Office June 9—10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Metcalfe County Extension Office June 11—10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Growers must call to reserve their spots as each session is limited to 18 participants in order to comply with CDC guidelines. For Metcalfe County sessions, call 270-432-3561. For Barren County sessions, call 270-651-3818. These sessions are not limited to growers from only Barren or Metcalfe counties, all growers are welcome. Growers will need to bring their GAP cards with them.
Growers have additional options for completing the training. Online training and a sent by mail printed training option is available. Both online and printed options do require the grower to complete a test at the end of the training. The in person trainings do not include a test to prove completion.
Remember each in-person session is limited to 18 participants and reservations are being taken on a first come first serve base.
If you have any questions contact either the Barren or Metcalfe County Extension Office.
In the Short Rows
Warm temperatures and longer days have many folks spending more time outdoors. Be sure to use sunscreen and insect repellants. The current warm moist weather pattern is perfect for menacing insects. Particularly mosquitos and ticks can carry disease. Protect yourself and your love ones.