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Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) and On-Farm Food Safety for Produce Growers in Minnesota

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
  • Communication and collaboration with many agricultural partner organizations and government entities to help promote information-sharing regarding GAPs and farm safety

The goals of our programs are to help growers:

  • Understand how GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) impact produce safety
  • Determine whether their farm needs to have a GAP audit
  • Write a farm food safety plan that provides a Standard Operating Procedure regarding minimizing microbial contamination on their farm
  • If needed, prepare for and a pass a GAP audit

Contact Info

Michele Scherman
Michele Schermann
612-624-7444
scher019@umn.edu

Annalisa Hultberg
Annalisa Hultberg
612-625-1951
hultb006@umn.edu

Palee Yang
Palee Yang
612-625-1951
yang3379@umn.edu