The South Central Kentucky tobacco grower’s meeting will take place 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lincoln County Extension Office in Stanford.
New GAP certification information will be provided as well as updates on tobacco disease control, production updates, a presentation from DuPont representative Buddy Petty with and updates from area contracting companies. A sponsored meal will be served.
The agenda includes:
• 6 p.m. – Dinner
• 6:45 p.m. – Tobacco Production Update & Recommendations by Dr. Bob Pearce, UK Extension tobacco specialist
• 7:45 p.m. – Tobacco Disease Control in the Field & Greenhouse by Dr. Kenny Seebold, UK tobacco disease specialist
• 8:25 p.m. – Tobacco Insect Control by George “Buddy” Petty of Dupont
• 8:35 p.m. – Comments on contracts and marketing opportunities for 2014 from representatives of Phillip Morris, Universal, JTI, Burley Co-op and Farmers Warehouse
• 8:55 p.m. – Closing comments and announcements.
This program is approved for GAP certification and re-certification by all buying companies and market locations. Call the Madison County Extension Office 859-623-4072 for meal reservations.
CAIP Cost Share sign-ups
The County Agricultural Investment Program, CAIP, formally known as the Phase I cost-share assistance program will begin Monday, Feb. 3. Applications will be available from then until Feb. 14 at the Madison County Conservation District office, 1024 Ival James Blvd., Suite A1, in Richmond. For more details, call 859-624-1981, Ext. 3.
The 10 investment areas include: commercial production of aquaculture; bees and honey; equine; forage; beef and dairy cattle; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; and timber, as well as energy efficiency and production; farm infrastructure and water enhancement; marketing; and value-added production.
The program offers a 50-percent cost-share rate on these practices, with a $3,000 maximum for primary investment areas and a $1,500 maximum for secondary investment areas.
Please inquire through the conservation district office at the phone number or address above for specifics in each area.
New for the 2014 Cost Share program is an educational requirement for each approved applicant.
Participation in CAIP requires a minimum of one educational component related to farm management, production, best management practices or marketing. Sessions will include workshops, seminars, field days, university sanctioned on-line courses, webinars, etc.
All Extension winter meetings are eligible for the educational component required for CAIP, except BQA trainings and Private Pesticide Applicator trainings.
Documentation of attendance is required, and cost-share payments will not be issued to producers before the educational requirement has been met.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.