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GAP Required in 2015

GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) for tobacco producers will be required again for the 2015 crop.  The status of contracts for the 2015 season is leaving many producers a little uneasy at this point with Philip Morris International (PMI), basically backing away from purchasing tobacco directly from producers. PMI will have Universal as their purchasing agent, and plan to keep PMI Maysville receiving station open while closing some other stations. The contract status also has some other issues with the number of pounds of tobacco produced in 2014 well above the number of pounds needed by the purchasing companies.  Regardless of all of this, GAP is still required for 2015 and the training sessions are already started throughout the Burley Belt.  For a complete list of GAP sessions to be offered, growers are recommended to log onto the GAP Connections web page often, as sessions are still being added. The address is

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C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.