2019 NCSU Tobacco Short Course Announcement and Application

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This application is for 25 participants in a tobacco production and marketing four-day short course sponsored by the NC Tobacco Research Commission, the Tobacco Growers Association of NC, Tobacco Associates and the Tobacco Farm Life Museum in cooperation with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.

The tobacco short course will be conducted January 28, 2019 (beginning at 5:30 p.m.), through February 1, at 9 a.m. (after the Commissioner’s breakfast at the Holshouser Building on the NC State Fairgrounds). Rooming and the initial dinner will be at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Crabtree, 4700 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, NC 27612 (919-881-0000), beginning with hotel registration at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. with a talk by Dr. David Smith, former Tobacco Extension Specialist and Associate Dean and Director of Research in CALS.

The production course will include current information on variety selection, seedling production, cultural practices on fertilization, weed management, sucker control, disease and insect management, mechanization, fuel conservation in curing and economics of production, marketing, Risk Management Agency insurance, and status with GAP. On Tuesday, January 29, there will be an all-day session on Tobacco Grading conducted by Mr. Bobby Wellons, AMS, USDA, 1306 Annapolis Drive, Raleigh, NC  27608. You may register, on a space available basis, only for this grading school session day. We will visit the Mexican Consulate Office in Raleigh between 4:15 p.m.–5 p.m. to learn about the services available to Mexican nationals.

Applications will be given priority in the following order:  NC tobacco growers; newly hired extension agents; university technicians and Research Station tobacco supervisors; and tobacco-related agribusiness personnel. Depending on the number of farmer applications, people who are tobacco-related professionals will be accepted. Down through the years, the only applications not accepted were from very late applications.

Those selected to attend will be responsible for the costs of their transportation to and from Raleigh. The hotel room (shared with another participant), meals, and instruction costs will be paid from support of the NC Tobacco Research Commission and the Tobacco Growers Association of NC. If a participant requires a private room, he/she will pay one-half the room charge, which will be approximately $76 per night for each of the four nights. Applicants who live within a 35-mile radius of Raleigh will be asked to commute. For others who live at least 35 miles from Raleigh, Bill Collins will make your room reservation and notify you unless you advise him you have your own room arrangement.

All applicants should deliver the completed application to the Extension agent responsible for tobacco in their county N.C. Cooperative Extension office for signature no later than January 3, though earlier would be much better. The agent is asked to sign the application and FAX (919-515-5274) or, if possible, email (bill_collins@ncsu.edu) to: W. K. Collins, NC State University, Box 7645, Raleigh, NC  27695-7645, Tel. 919.513.2944.

Deadline for receipt of applications is January 3, 2019 or until the desired number of participants is obtained. All applicants, and County Extension Representative(s) who signed the participant’s application will be notified via email upon receipt of the application. If an applicant does not receive a notice that their application is received, please contact W.K. Collins (919-513-2944). The 25 selected to participate will be notified by January 23, and later will be provided with a copy of the program and a list of attendees/addresses to help those who want to ride together to Raleigh. Bill Collins will also send a rooming list for those who require a private or shared room.

Agribusiness participants will need the signature of their supervisor(s) to help ensure the time commitment (four days) for the short course, which starts on Monday evening, January 28, at 5:30 p.m. with a dinner at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Raleigh-Crabtree and ends at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 1, with graduation at Commissioner Troxler’s Tobacco Farm Life Museum 7:30 a.m. breakfast in the Holshouser Building at the NC State Fairgrounds.

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Application for 2019 Tobacco Short Course