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The U.S. Tobacco GAP Program was developed over several months with industry collaboration consisting of tobacco manufacturers dealers, state departments of agriculture, universities, grower associations, and other farm organizations such as Farm Bureau from across the tobacco growing regions. It is an industry-wide program that aims at ensuring sustainable, economically viable production of useable tobacco and can be defined as: agricultural practices which produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, air, animal and plant life as well as protecting and ensuring the rights of farm laborers.

GAP Training

There are GAP training events occurring annually across eleven different states.  A list of training events is listed on the GAP Connections Calendar.  If there is not an event near you please contact GAP Connections or your local Extension office for other possible options.

GAP Connections seeks to demonstrate the industry's dedication to all three management areas found on every farm: crop, environmental, and labor management.  For that reason GAP training will consist of topics covering all three of those management areas.

The labor management section of the meeting has been covered by the U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Division since 2014 in many of our locations.  If the U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Division is unavailable the topic is presented by GAPC staff or state extension personnel.  Below is the presentation shared by U.S. DOL at 2017 GAP Meetings.

Labor Management GAP Training- 2017 - US DOL WH.pptx

Please check with your contracting company to learn more about your specific U.S. Tobacco GAP training requirements. 

 

GAP Assessments

U.S. Tobacco GAP assessments offer growers a chance to demonstrate their commitment to producing a quality crop while using best management practices to protect the environment and provide a safe workplace. Assessments include document review, a farm tour, and worker interviews.

Participation benefits you as a grower in many ways:

  • Third party assessments provide assurance to customers that Good Agricultural Practices are being followed in production of the tobacco they are buying. This enhances the value of US tobacco in the eyes of customers and helps the whole US tobacco industry.

  • Assessments benefit the vast majority of growers who want to produce a high quality crop in a sustainable manner by "leveling the playing field".  They help ensure that no one gains short term advantage by using poor, unsustainable practices.

  • Assessments can reduce your risk for violation of labor or environmental regulations by identifying concerns early and providing guidance in correcting them

 

U.S. Tobacco GAP Guidelines and Records

Please navigate through the U.S. Tobacco GAP Manual below by clicking on the section your are interested in or download the full copy choose below:

If you would like the 2017 Calendar pages they are available below in PDF and Excel.​

2017 GAP Calendar.xlsx

2017 GAP Calendar.pdf

  1. Guidelines

    The concept of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) aims at ensuring sustainable, economically viable production of usable tobacco and can be defined as: agricultural practices which produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining or enhancing the environment with regard to soil, water, air, animal and plant life as well as protecting and ensuring the rights of farm laborers.

  2. Crop Management

    ​The Crop Management guideline topics:
    Variety Integrity and Selection
    Integrated Pest Management
    Nutrient Management
    Crop and Operation Management
    Curing and Barn Management
    Non-tobacco Related Materials (NTRM)
    On-farm Tobacco Storage

  3. Environmental Management

    ​The Environmental Management guidelines cover the following topics:
    Soil and Water Management
    Agrochemical Management

  4. Labor Management

    ​The Labor Management guidelines cover the following topics:
    Laws and Regulations
    Farm Labor Related Resources
    Farm Safety and Worker Training

  5. Records