USDA Agricultural Marketing Service: website
FDA's Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables is the basis for the GAPs standards and contains pertinent background information about where food safety issues occur and how they can be mitigated.
The USDA also publishes a list of GAP/GHP certified firms for every state, and by commodity. The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service maintains a Good Agricultural Practices website that contains this information along with information about the program, an audit checklist and updates about program requirements.
National GAPs Education Center: website
Cornell University houses a clearinghouse of educational and training materials on GAP/GHPs. They are part of a consortium of land-grant universities that do GAP outreach in their states. If you are looking for training materials for employees, you can download materials directly from the site, or use the order form for hard copies.
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Introductory Guides on Good Agricultural Practices
An Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm
By Pamela Wolfe and Rex Dufour, NCAT
Farmers play an important role in preventing food-borne illnesses through the use of good agricultural and management practices. This publication discusses ways farmers can reduce produce contamination risk, which creates a safer food system and increases consumer confidence in their own products and farm at the same time.
20 pages, 1.8 mb
Sample Farm Food Safety Plans