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Mandatory tobacco training is March 5 at extension office
The Shelby County Extension Office has set a tobacco production GAP training program for March 5 at the office on Frankfort Road. The session will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Starting this year, tobacco companies are requiring that all producers participate in this training annually. GAP stands for Good Agricultural Practices.
The extension office incorporates this training into its tobacco production update session.
Featured speakers will be Kenny Seebold and Bob Pearce. They will address topics such as new insecticides, sucker control, plant production and employing fungicide, among others.
Lunch will be provided, and reservations can be made by calling 633-4593.
Burley scholarship program begins
The Burley Tobacco Growers Cooperative Association is accepting applications for its 2013 scholarship. The association awards four $1,000 scholarships to students for the 2013-2014 school years based on the student's overall grade-point average, writing ability and leadership potential.
All applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and preference will be given to those applicants who have a tobacco farming background.
The scholarship is awarded for one academic year, in two equal amounts for the fall and spring semesters. Students may re-apply each year and is available in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and West Virginia.
Applications can be obtained at www.burleytobacco.com/news.html or by calling 859-252-3561. Applications must be postmarked by April 1.
Each application will be reviewed by a committee, and winners will be notified by April 25.
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