The University of Minnesota Extension On-farm GAPs Education Program works with Minnesota’s produce farmers to help them develop and implement on-farm food safety plans and prepare for GAPs audits. We provide education, outreach and technical support to fruit and vegetable growers through GAP workshops and mock audits, research relating to GAPs, especially as they impact small growers and immigrant and minority growers, and communication and collaboration with many agricultural partner organizations and government entities to help promote information-sharing regarding GAPs and farm safety.

We welcome your feedback and suggestions (send to safety@umn.edu)

UMN GAPs Workshops

Learn how good business practices, good agricultural practices, and marketing are interconnected. Attend a workshop to learn how GAPs can help minimize food safety risks with fresh produce, are good for business, good for getting new customers and keeping the ones you already have. Workshops are intended for fruit and vegetable farmers.

Watch this space for out next GAPs workshops. For details and to sign up for workshops, click here: http://z.umn.edu/2017gaps

If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop, please contact Annalisa Hultberg at hultb006@umn.edu.

Cornell On-line GAPs course

The GAPs Online Produce Safety Course from Cornell University offers an online overview of GAPs and produce safety on the farm. The next courses will be offered April 12-May 02 2017. The cost is $190 per participant and typically takes 15-25 hours to complete.

This is a fully-online course that provides a good foundation to understanding GAPs. Taking this course will not result in your farm being “GAPs Certified”. GAPs certification is done by a third party (e.g. USDA, Primus, Global GAP) and involves the successful completion of an on-farm audit. 

It is also important to consider that the GAPs Online Produce Safety Training Course is not currently equivalent to the required supervisor training described in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.22 (c). This GAPs Online Produce Safety Training Course may, however, satisfy staff training requirements as described in the Produce Safety Rule in 21 CFR Subpart C § 112.21 (a) and (b).

When registering for the course you will be asked to enter a Group Number. Enter G000107 (those are all zeros). To register: www.ecornell.com/gaps. For more information Read This or email Don Stoeckel at dstoeckel@cornell.edu.

How to make a Handwashing Station for less than $20

A very popular link and download. Full color and pictures describing how to build a simple handwashing station for your field or farm. Handwashing Station Instructions (pdf)

Project Highlights

Check them out! Simple color Food Safety Fact Sheets on the most popular farm food safety related questions (pdf): 

and, Farm Safety Briefs:

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