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Now offering Group GAP in SE Michigan

Group Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is an innovative program that helps farmers navigate food safety regulations, provides access to new markets, and ensures product quality and consistency.

In partnership with The Wallace Center, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service is developing a Group GAP certification program. Building on the initiatives and successes of the Upper Peninsula Food Exchange, Cherry Capital Foods.  GROW Eastern Market is joining the pilot program and seeking farmers to participate in SE Michigan.

For more information about Group GAP participation, contact:

Phil Britton at 906.869.6131

Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices

Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) were developed by USDA as a result of requests from states, shippers and growers. This program provides uniformity of a national auditing program for the fresh produce industry verifying good agricultural and handling practices. This is an independent, third-party, audit-based service provided by licensed GAP/GHP inspectors who have successfully completed the GAP/GHP training class and have participated in a minimum of three audits, including two as the lead auditor. This type of audit is required by some purchasers of produce.

To find out more visit Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.