2021 GAP Training
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GAP Training will be done through GAP Connections and not Cooperative Extension in 2021. We will have Separate tobacco meetings in January on Agronomy. Please read the following:
2021 GAP Training
Below is information from GAP Connections on 2021 GAP Training.
Extension Newsletter Information GAPC Training & Certification November 2020
Growers have Options in 2021 to Complete GAP Training
Looking towards 2021, tobacco growers will have options for completing their requirements for GAP Training. GAP Training provides growers current information from research and new information from the three pillars of crop, environmental, and labor management practices. GAP Connections is working with our Extension partners in each state to develop training for growers to attend in-person, completely online, or by mail. For 2021, all GAP Training must be completed by June 30.
Online Training: Growers will have the option to complete 2021 training through their Grower Dashboard on the GAP Connections website. Growers will need to log in 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 score a 100% on each quiz for training credits to be recorded. Growers are required to have training from each of the three pillars of training; crop, environment, and labor.
Online training offers the grower flexibility in completing training. A grower may log in and complete crop training one day and come back another day to complete the environmental and labor training. Online training offers the grower the opportunity to complete training on their schedule, at their leisure, and in their office or farm office.
Online training will launch on January 11 and must be completed by June 30. Growers can check their Training Report to make sure training is completed by checking the Training Report on their Grower Dashboard.
Mail Training: Growers will have the option to complete the 2021 GAP Training by mail. GAP Connections is working with our Extension partners to assemble a 2021 Tobacco Information Booklet with information on crop, environmental, and labor management practices.
Growers completing training by mail will complete and return a quiz covering the information from the booklet. Growers must score a minimum 70% on the quiz for 2021 GAP 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 email@example.com. All quizzes must be completed and returned to GAP Connections postmarked no later than June 30.
Training and Certification
All growers listed on the Certification Application (Primary and Associates) and participating in the GAP Connections Certification Program must complete training by June 30. Training can be completed by either one of the three options; in-person, on-line, or mail.
Applications for the 2021 GAP Connections Certification Program will be available on January 11, 2021, on the Grower Dashboard or by requesting a paper application from GAP Connections by calling (865) 622-4606 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The application deadline is April 15, 2021.
Information on the GAP Connections Certification Program is available on the Certification Program website or by contacting the GAP Connections office.
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