GAP Connections launches ag program for tobacco growers

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

A new nonprofit organization, GAP Connections, has just been launched and aims to create awareness and cultivate positive environmental and social impact through good agricultural practices. The organization offers educational materials, training and resources to U.S. tobacco growers about environmental, agricultural and labor best practices.

Acting as a clearinghouse between tobacco growers and manufacturers, GAP Connections offers a streamlined approach to free farmers from overlapping their efforts, supplying them with procedures that are simple and coordinated with industry manufacturers. This allows farmers to do what they do best – concentrate on their land, their crop and their workers.

“The goal of GAP Connections is to ensure sustainable, economically viable production of usable tobacco,” said Jane Starnes, organizer of GAP Connections. “To meet this goal it provides guidelines for agricultural practices to help growers produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining, or enhancing the environment with regards to soil, water, air, animal and plant life, as well as protecting and ensuring the rights of farm laborers.”

The program is funded by tobacco purchasing groups and others with interest in the production of U.S. tobacco. It is delivered through partnerships with university Extension services in most of the tobacco-producing states.  GAP Connections centers on facilitating educational opportunities to tobacco farmers about crop production, managing land use, protecting the environment, maintaining a safe environment for their laborers, and more.

By creating a centralized source for information and collaboration between growers and manufacturers, GAP Connections hopes to create transparency and confidence in the processes used. From simplifying and standardizing record-keeping for growers to giving manufacturers the peace of mind that they are consistently receiving a quality product, GAP Connections can create better understanding among its various constituent groups.


Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


LPV Seed Treater

The LPV Seed Treater has set a new standard boasting three configurable weighing methods for any-sized operation, a standard 42” ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form