UMN Extension GAPs Education Program

The University of Minnesota Extension On-farm GAPs Education Program provides 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 are here to help you with farm food safety questions

If you are a fruit and vegetable grower and need assitance with food safety questions and practices on your farm, please contact us at safety@umn.edu or 612-625-1951. We can:

  • Review food safety plans and help you prepare for a GAP audit if you need one
  • Answer questions about on-farm food safety questions such as well-water testing, handwashing and portable handwash stands, manure and soil amendments, wild and domestic animals on the farm, packsheds and tool and equipment sanitation, pest control, worker training, and recordkeeping
  • Answer questions about the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and the Produce Safety Rule

Are you looking to attend or host a GAPs workshop in your area? 

If you are interested in attending or hosting a workshop, please contact Annalisa Hultberg at hultb006@umn.edu. We have grant funds available to cover the cost for attendees. We can host both on-farm (summer) or in-class (winter) workshops for 10-25 people. GAPs and food safety plans are required by some markets, espeically wholesale. Now is the time to start working on this important part of your farm business! 

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 course will be offered Aug 9-29. The cost is $190 per participant and typically takes 15-25 hours to complete. We have grant funds to pay for the course fee for a limited number of partcipants. Email safety@umn.edu for more information. (We will likely not have these funds available next year, so take advantage of this offer now!)

Next courses will be offered: Sept 13 - Oct 3, Oct 11 - 31, Nov 29 - Dec 19.

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.

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.


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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