Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshops will be Mandatory under the new FSMA Produce Safety Act for those that qualify. The ISU Extension and Outreach GAP Education program aligns with the new program, and we will offer a supplemental session to ensure those who previously attended are in compliance with new ruling and their names are on the national registry.
The one-day workshops are offered as Level 1: KNOW and Level 2: SHOW.
Level 1 is training for growers who provide food to consumers through community–supported agriculture or farmers’ markets, or are considering retail foodservice sales. Training covers good agriculture best practices and market considerations.
Level 2 workshops guide farmers in the development of a written farm food safety plan. Farmers considering sales to retail foodservices such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form will have the tools to demonstrate GAPs are in place after attending the workshop.
2014/2015 GAP workshop schedule (Last discounted workshops)
Warren County Extension Office (909 E 2nd Ave # E, Indianola, IA 50125)
Level 1: October 4
Level 2: October 18
Woodbury County Extension Office (4301 Sergeant Rd, Sioux City, IA )
Level 1: November 19
Level 2: November 25
ISU Armstrong Research Farm/Wallace Foundation (53020 Hitchcock Ave, Lewis, IA )
Level 1: February 12
Level 2: February 20
Spencer, Iowa (Location TBA)
Level 1: February 17, 9-4 pm
Level 2: February 24, 9-4 pm
Linn County Extension (383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201,Cedar Rapids)
Level 1: March 2, 9-4 pm
Level 2 March 24, 9-4 pm
Level 1: First person is $25. Each additional person from the farm is $10.
Level 2: First person is $40 and each additional person is $20.
Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the program.
Registration can be made directly online at http://bit.ly/12sLsxE. If you have questions, please contact Angela Shaw at 515-294-0868 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.