The annual Tennessee-Kentucky Tobacco Expo is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 4, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Robertson County Fairgrounds Community Building, 4635 Hwy. 41 North, Springfield.
The Tobacco Expo Trade show, featuring 30 agribusiness exhibitors, will open at 7 a.m. The trade show offers tobacco farmers an opportunity to meet with a wide range of agribusiness representatives involved in tobacco production and related fields.
This is the year that current Private Pesticide Applicators must attend Re-Certification Training that will be conducted twice during the day; first session at 7 a.m. and a second session at 1 p.m. Cost for Re-Certification is $25.
Lunch will be served for all participants at 12 p.m. and is sponsored by Eastern Dark Fired Tobacco Growers Association, Burley Stabilization Corporation, Farm Credit Services, Hail & Cotton, Inc., Drexel Chemical, and Agriculture Workforce Management Association.
Tobacco growers will have an opportunity to complete GAP Training. Be sure to bring your GAP card or have your GAP number available when you attend a GAP training. To learn more about the GAP Connections program call (865)-622-4606 or visit www.gapconnections.com
There is no registration fee for attending the Tobacco Expo and it is open to all persons. Programs include agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and resource development. University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture and county governments are cooperating. UT Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.
The Agenda includes:
- 6:30 a.m. – Coffee and doughnuts
- 7-9 a.m. – Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification ($25)
- 9-10 a.m. – Angular Leaf Spot Disease, Connecticut Broadleaf, Reducing TSNA’s
- 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - GAP Training
- 12-1 p.m.– Lunch
- 1-3 p.m. – Private Pesticide Applicator Re-Certification ($25)
- 3 p.m. – Trade Show closes
Note: Commercial Pesticide Applicator Points available for Categories: 1,10, 12 for KY & TN
For more information on the Tobacco Expo contact: Jeff Smith, UT Extension Agent, Robertson County, (615) 384-7936 or on the web at https://utextension.tennessee.edu/robertson