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Good Agricultural Practices Manual
Manual for food safety trainers includes an in-depth introduction to GAPs from JIFSAN at the University of Maryland.

Good Worker Health and Hygiene Practices: Evaluation and Importance in GAPs and GMPs
Intended for growers to guide and evaluate their hygiene training of employees. Includes sample forms for use on the farm (or in a food safety plan) to keep track of worker trainings, worker toilet facility upkeep and more.

Good Worker Health and Hygiene Practices: Training Manual for Produce Handlers (PDF)
Intended for use by growers in designing trainings for their employees in handling fresh produce. Includes suggestions for key points to stress in training and what growers can do to help their employees stay safe and hygienic.

National Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Program
Cornell’s National GAPs Educational Materials website provides materials including food safety posters, record-keeping templates and worker hygiene documents. Available in multiple languages.

National GAPs Program Online Produce Safety Training
In this three-week online course, offered by the National GAPs Program at Cornell, you will learn important practices for ensuring the safety of fresh produce and the key considerations for implementing Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs). At the end of this course, you will develop a produce safety plan that outlines the activities needed to implement functional GAPs.

Online Training: Local Foods-Food Safety and Marketing Strategies
Developed by South Dakota State University – Extension Family and Consumer Sciences, the online training is currently for S.D. residents only. However, a CD of the training can be ordered by non-residents. The CD consists of two modules: Food Safety from Planting to Market and Organizing a Farmer’s Market.

NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Website (Spanish)
The NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection division website.

Worker Hygiene in the Field: Photo Booklet 
This photo booklet from Cornell University demonstrates a dialogue between Latino farm workers about maintaining good hygiene while working and eating in the field.