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The 2016 Regional Tobacco Production Meeting and GAP Recertification Training will be held on January 19, 2016. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude with lunch. The location is the Granville Expo Center, 4185 U.S. 15 Oxford, NC. Doors will open at 9:00 a.m.

The meeting is designed to provide you with GAP recertification training as well as production information for the 2016 growing season.

Please note the following important information:

  • Space is limited! Registration is required, and early registration is recommended.
  • To register, call the Franklin County Extension Center at 919-496-3344.
  • Registration deadline is 5 p.m., January 14th, or when maximum capacity has been reached.
  • Bring your GAP card to the training to be certain you receive credit.
  • Bring your Pesticide License if you would like to receive pesticide credits (if you have misplaced your card, you may be requested to show a photo ID). 2 hours of pesticide credit will be provided in categories (NODX).
  • You may wish to bring your GAP notebook, as we will be providing updated references and record keeping forms.
  • We encourage only those who have contracts or plan to have contracts to attend this meeting.
  • If you are unable to attend, note that there are several other meetings planned across the state.

Please be mindful that the GAP training sessions are required by the following companies:

  •       RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company
  •       Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company
  •       American Snuff Company
  •       United Tobacco Company
  •       Universal Leaf North America
  •       Alliance One International
  •       Japan Tobacco International
  •       Philip Morris USA
  •       US Smokeless Tobacco Company
  •       US Tobacco Cooperative
  •       Hail and Cotton, Inc.

If you have questions concerning requirements or recommendations for GAP training, please contact your tobacco company representative.

Date County/Region Location
Jan. 4th Martin Farmers Market
Jan. 5th Edgecombe/Nash Farmers Market
Jan. 6th Wayne Extension Office
Jan. 7th Johnston Extension Office
Jan. 8th Wilson Extension Office
Jan. 15th Lee/Moore Lee Extension Office
Jan. 19th Granville/Warren/Vance/Franklin/Wake Granville Expo Center
Jan. 20th Caswell/Alamance/Rockingham/Guilford/Orange Caswell Civic Center
Jan. 21st Lenoir/Craven/Greene/Jones Kinston Shriners Club
Jan. 22nd Forsyth Extension Office
Jan. 25th Pitt Extension Office
Jan. 27th Sampson/Duplin Sampson Expo Center
Jan. 28th Harnett Harnett Commons Area
Feb. 5th Statewide NC State Fairgrounds


This year you will have the opportunity to be fit tested at the Cooperative Extension Office in Louisburg on January 25, 2016. Call the office by January 21st at 919-496-3344 to set up a 20-minute appointment to complete the test. Appointments will start at 8:00 a.m. The cost for the test will be $25.00 (please bring a check made payable to the NC Agromedicine Institute). You must also complete a medical clearance before attending. There is a $35.00 cost for the online questionnaire. Please bring a printout to show you have completed the online portion. You can find the test at or You can also check with local physicians’ offices, urgent care facilities and occupational health clinics to determine whether or not they can provide medical clearance services if you would like.

 Helpful Hints for Respirator Fit Testing Class and/or Fit Testing Appointment:

  1. If you have a respirator from a previous fit testing please bring the respirator and the cartridges the day of the testing.
  2. You must do the medical clearance prior to attending the class if you prefer you can use your personal physician and have him/her write: “Name is medically cleared and able to wear a respirator. This clearance is good for        year.”


Are you interested in: fewer injuries…better health…fewer lost work days…lower health costs…for yourself, your family and your employees? The NC Agromedicine Institute, AgriSafe of NC and the N.C. Cooperative Extension are collaborating to promote Certified Safe Farms in NC by offering:

  • AgriSafe occupational wellness reviews, and personal protective equipment selection.
  • On-farm safety audits.


  • Voluntary
  • Review of Hazards and Safety Features
  • Safety Discounts
  • Insurance Incentives
  • Recognition by Customers and Community
  • Proudly Display a Certified Safe Farm Sign

 The farm safety audits are a free service offered by the Cooperative Extension Office. The Agromedicine Institute will conduct the wellness reviews at a minimal fee. If you are interested in this program please give us a call at 919-496-3344. The on-farm audits will take approximately 4 hours.

UPCOMING EVENTS (You can visit our website at for more information.)

January 13-15, 2016

26th Annual Joint Conference

Soybeans, Corn, Small Grains and Cotton Producers

Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center

Durham, NC

Southern Farm Show

February 3-5, 2016

NC State Fairgrounds

Grain Production Meeting

February 3, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.

Vance County Regional Farmers Market

2 hours of credit MNODX

Registration Required 919-496-3344


NC Eastern Piedmont Farm School

Interest Meeting

January 7, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m.

Franklin County Extension Center Annex

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Respirator Fit Test

January 25, 2016

Franklin County Extension Center Annex

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Fumigation License Training (Category F)

February 23, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Franklin County Extension Center Annex

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Small Farms Conference

February 27, 2016 @ 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Vance Granville Community College (Louisburg Campus)

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Private Pesticide Applicator Training

March 15, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Franklin County Extension Center Annex

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Private Pesticide Applicator Training

March 22, 2016 @ 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Franklin County Extension Center Annex

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Women in the Woods Series

January & February

Registration Required 919-496-3344


Annual Tree Give Away

March 19, 2016 @ 9:00 a.m.
Franklin County Farmers’ Market