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NC State Extension

Online GAP & Food Safety Plan Creation Course

Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices web-based course is designed to educate growers about food safety on the farm, explain the USDA GHP/GAP audit process, and assist in the process of developing a food safety program and writing a food safety plan for your farm. The course is currently being offered through the online campus of eXtension, the knowledge-to-action service that is an integral part of the U.S. Cooperative Extension System.

The course series consists of 3 main components that utilize narrated PowerPoints (Quicktime) with downloadable handouts of the lecture, additional resources and quizzes to test your knowledge. The first two components will take approximately 5 hours to complete. The amount of time it takes to complete the last module, creation of a food safety plan, varies by farm. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to assess food safety hazards on the farm, confidently navigate the USDA GHP/GAP certification process, and will have a customized farm food safety plan (reviewed by one of our specialists, if desired). A course certificate of attendance can be generated upon completion.

The Fresh Produce Good Agricultural Practices online course focuses on training and capacity building to enable smaller producers to meet the requirements of larger buyers and federal mandates, if applicable.

How the Components Work & Technical Requirements for the Online Course

How to Enroll in the Course

Questions about the course: Contact Chip Simmons at