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.

View calendar for Training Events

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. 

A cumulative summary of GAP Connections Training is below.  The summary includes statistics, training topics, and resource building efforts.  

GAPC Training Summary as of December 31, 2020

 

2021 Update

Growers will have options for completing their requirements for Annual GAP Training in 2021. GAP Training provides growers current information from research and new information from the three pillars of crop, environmental, and labor management practices. GAP Connections worked with our Extension partners in each state to develop training for growers to complete online or by mail.


1. Online Training: Growers have the option to complete 2021 training through their Grower
Dashboard on the GAP Connections website. Growers will need to login with their Grower ID number and password. Growers will have a selection of videos to pick from covering crop, environmental, and labor
management topics for flue, air and dark tobacco types and labor courses based on the type of labor
hired by the farm. Upon completion of each video, the grower will take a quiz and earn credits toward
each management practice. Growers must obtain the minimum passing score on each quiz for training credits to be recorded. 

 
2. Mail Training: Growers have the option to complete 2021 GAP Training by mail. GAP
Connections worked with our Extension partners to assemble a 22 page 2021 Tobacco Information Booklet
with information on crop, environmental, and labor management practices. Growers completing training by mail will complete and return a 48 question quiz covering the information from the booklet. Growers must obtain the minimum passing score on quiz for training to be recorded. 


Requests for the 2021 Tobacco Information Booklet and Quiz for mail training can be made by
contacting GAP Connections at (865) 622-4606 or emailing info@gapconnections.com. All mail quizzes
must be completed and returned to GAP Connections postmarked no later than June 30.

ALL GAP TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED BY JUNE 30