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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Tobacco meetings in full swing

With 5 tobacco meetings this week, the winter extension season in full swing! Duplin, Wayne, Johnston, Pitt, Nash, and Beaufort Counties all have meetings this week (see meeting list for dates and locations). Next week (1/19 through 1/21) is the Tobacco Workers Conference in Lexington, KY. At this meeting, we will be rolling out a new TSWV (tomato spotted wilt virus) online decision making tool, a project we have worked very hard on in the last year with support from Altria, PMI, and recently, the Tobacco Education and Research Council (TERC). This tool was developed with the expertise of the NC State Climate Office.

Also at the Tobacco Workers Conference, Monique Rivera, MS student, will be presenting her 2009 findings on tobacco splitworm biology, a very rewarding project, and Richard Reeves, PhD student, will share plans for his upcoming research on tobacco insect threshold revisions.

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