Winter 2020 Field Crop Update and Upcoming Events

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The 2020 Regional Tobacco Production Meeting and GAP Recertification Training will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with lunch. The location is the Granville Expo Center, 4185 U.S. 15 Oxford, NC. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. 
The meeting is designed to provide you with GAP recertification training as well as production information for the 2020 growing season.
Please note the following important information:
  • Registration is required, and early registration is recommended.
  • To register, call N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, at (919) 496-3344.
  • Registration deadline is 5 p.m., January 10, 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.

If you are unable to attend, note that there are several other trainings planned across the state. Visit the NC State Extension Tobacco Growers Portal >> to find a training that you can attend.

Following the Tobacco GAP Meeting we will be offering the fumigant recertification training for you to receive credit for your fumigant license. We will start this one-hour training at 12:30 p.m. or immediately after lunch. If you plan to attend this training please let staff know when you call to register for the Tobacco GAP Meeting.

Upcoming Events

Fumigant Recertification Training (1 hour)

  • January 16, 2020 @ 12:30 p.m.
  • Granville County Expo Center
  • Registration Required (919-496-3344)

Respirator Fit Testing

  • January 28, 2020
  • N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, Annex meeting room

Call to register for an appointment by January 24. (919-496-3344) $25 for Fit-Test or $45 for the Fit-Test and Medical Clearance if needed. Note: Bring medical clearance paperwork with you if you have one. The medical clearance must be less than 3 years old. Additional information below.

Industrial Hemp Production Meeting

  • February 6, 2020 @ 4 p.m.
  • Warren County Armory Civic Center
  • 501 US Highway 158 Business E., Warrenton, NC 27589
  • Registration Required (919-496-3344)

Grain Production Meeting

  • February 20, 2020 @ 5 p.m.
  • N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, Annex meeting room
  • 2 hours of pesticide credit MNODX
  • Registration Required by February 17th (919-496-3344)

Regional Auxin Herbicide Training

  • March 19, 2020 @ 3 p.m.
  • Vance County Regional Farmers Market

Registration Required (919-496-3344) or Register Online. Note: If you plan to use these new herbicides you must attend training approved by the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Pesticide Division each year. Reminder: The applicator must be a licensed applicator.

Annual Respirator Fit Test Offered For Pesticide Applicators

You will have the opportunity to be fit tested at the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Franklin County office in Louisburg on January 28, 2020. Call the office by January 24 at 919-496-3344 to set up a 30-minute appointment to complete the test. Appointments will start at 9 a.m. The cost for the test will be $25.00 (please bring a check made payable to the NC Agromedicine Institute or correct change). You can also complete the online medical questionnaire 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 Resp Test website or Resp Exam website. If you do not come medically-cleared, then there will be an additional cost of $20 for the medical clearance. 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.