Knoxville, Tenn. (PRWEB) July 28, 2014
“We are funded by agricultural purchasing groups and other organizations interested in good agricultural practices,” said Jane Starnes, executive director of GAP Connections. “By bringing some of these groups together as Associate Members to help us promote good practices, we help farmers create a better product and a safer work environment, and give manufacturers more confidence in the agricultural products they purchase.”
Any private or public organization that represents those who have a commercial interest in the agriculture industry, such as farm/grower organizations and input suppliers, are eligible to become Associate Members of GAP Connections. Private Associate Members represent any private organization or company. Public Associate Members represent public organizations, such as a land grant university or governmental agency.
Private Associate Members pay annual dues to GAP Connections. To become a Public Associate Member, organizations need a letter of endorsement. Memberships support the U.S. Tobacco GAP Program, meetings with stakeholders and committees, printing of materials, and support for training and resource development. Members receive recognition on the GAP Connections website and other materials, participation in stakeholder events, and a voice in U.S. Tobacco GAP standard setting process as all organizations work to promote good agriculture practices for tobacco farmers.
“These Associate Members will help us continue our work to educate and support farmers,” said Starnes. “I’m happy to have these four organizations as our Associate Members, and I look forward to continuing growth of our Associate Membership program.”