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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Applications now being accepted for the 2011 Flue Cured and Burley Tobacco Production and Marketing Short Course

NCSU Entomology research plots at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station, Rocky Mount, NC during the 2010 Flue Cured Tobacco Tour. Photo: M.J. Rivera

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Flue Cured and Burley Tobacco Production and Marketing Short Course. This annual, 1 week long short course is funded through the NC Tobacco Foundation and is open to NC tobacco growers, cooperative extension agents, research station personnel. The short course runs from January 31st to February 4th. This year, the course will visit US Tobacco Cooperative and have presentations about the fundamentals of tobacco production from NC State University faculty (including myself). On the final day of the course, participants will attend the NC Tobacco Growers Association annual meeting. Twenty five (25) participants will be selected. Applications are due January 6, 2011 but must be delivered to applicant's cooperative extension office by January 3 to allow agents to review and sign them. The application form with more information can be found here.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tobacco Growers Information Portal

NC State University has developed an online resource for tobacco growers and associates.  The Tobacco Grower Information Portal has agronomic, economic, pest management, and curing information.  The online format allows us to present production and management information beyond the Tobacco Information Guides.  Spearheaded by Blake Brown, NC State University Department of Agriculture & Resource Economics, the portal includes information from Mina Mila (NCSU Plant Pathology), Grant Ellington (NCSU Biological & Agricultural Engineering), Loren Fisher (NCSU Crop Sciences), and Sandy Stewart (NCSU Crop Sciences).

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Tobacco Grower Information Portal

Friday, December 10, 2010

Final 2010 SWD Webinar Now Available

We just had our last SWD Elluminate webinar for 2010 this morning, and the recording is available here. You will need the session password (fruitfly) to log in. In this webinar, I present a national and regional research update and discuss future directions.

Recordings of SWD webinars 1 and 2 can be found here and here, respectively.

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SWD Webinar 3
SWD Webinar 2
SWD Webinar 1