CORESTA Congress, Berlin, 2016, Agronomy/Phytopathology Groups (Workshop), APW 03

Educational efforts for U.S. tobacco agronomists and farmers

North Carolina State University, Dept. of Crop Science, Raleigh, NC, U.S.A.

United States grown tobacco has a longstanding reputation for high quality and, thus, strong global demand. This reputation is a result of many factors, not the least of which is educational programs for agronomists and growers alike. At present, tobacco is produced in at least 14 U.S. states, most of which have state level support for scientists and field agronomists in localized tobacco producing regions. It is the goal of these individuals to provide timely, up-to-date, unbiased production information to producers. The information exchange among researchers, extension agents, field agronomists, and growers is vital to the sustainability of the U.S. industry. The information contained within this presentation will provide the background for and current status of these state funded initiatives and discuss the role of newer programs, such as GAP Connections.