GAP Training Events
The largest effort by GAP Connections (GAPC) is in education and training. GAPC believes it is not enough to just give growers guidelines, it is necessary to create opportunities and resources to help them adopt those practices within the guidelines. Regular training provides for these opportunities and provides GAPC a chance to interact with all the grower members and provide useful updates to growers and industry stakeholder.
Attending GAP Training
If you would like to attend a U.S. Tobacco GAP Training Event please check our Calendar for a list of events in your state. Please remember to bring your Grower ID Card or use the GAP Connections Grower App found on iTunes or Google Play to display your Grower ID QR code for scanning at the event.
Annual GAP Training
GAPC in partnership with land-grant Extension programs coordinates training meetings where growers learn from experts about the latest crop, environmental, and labor best management practices. In 2015 we included within our GAP training an Advanced Labor Training Module that was developed by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Farm Labor Practice Group. This training will give attendees a chance to learn more about the agricultural labor laws and requirements under the U.S. Department of Labor.
Our excellent Extension partners include:
- Clemson University
- North Carolina State University
- The Ohio State University
- Penn State University
- Purdue University
- University of Georgia
- University of Kentucky
- University of Maryland
- University of Missouri
- University of Tennessee
- Virginia Tech University
More than 10,000 growers across 19 states are trained on good agricultural practices each year, our training programs offer attendees training credits in crop, environmental, and labor management best practices. Specific training events are available for U.S. Tobacco GAP Program members and topics are chosen each year by GAP Connections and tailored by our Extension Partners in each state to best serve the region. These meetings generally last around 2-hours with plenty scheduled throughout the year in a variety of states – all accessible via GAP Connections' calendar.
These training events give growers who attend a training credit in crop, environmental, and labor management. Topics are chosen each year by GAP Connections and tailored by the Extension Educators in each state to best serve the type of grower and regional concerns.
Below you can find the summary of GAPC training efforts in 2014 and 2015, including statistics, topics, and resource building efforts.
Labor Contracting Training
AgSafe and GAP Connections are teaming up to present "Success in Labor Contracting" workshops for Crew Leaders, Farm Labor Contractors, Supervisors, and Growers. To find out more about these workshops visit our Labor Contracting page.
On-farm Safety Training Events
Events held on a farm to train both growers and farm employees. All those involved in the farming operation are invited to attend including family members and farm employees that provide labor on your operation. Training will be provided in English and Spanish.
Growers who bring their Grower ID card will receive credit on their GAP transcript for worker safety. They will also receive documentation for their GAP records that lists all the employees in attendance and the training topics covered. Each of the farm employees who attend will receive a Training Card stating that they have been trained or received information on topics being covered at the event including:
Housing and transportation
Farm equipment safety
Affordable Health Care Act
MSPA and H-2A Program
Child Labor/Youth Employment
Farm Labor Contractors