Online GAP videos available

The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach On-Farm Food Safety Team has released three videos to educate Iowa fruit and vegetable growers on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).

These online videos replace the day-long Iowa Level 1 GAP trainings, and are good introductory courses for new farm employees. In-person workshops for groups are still available upon request.

Iowa GAP Level 1 Introduction, 25 minutes
Iowa GAP Level 1 Pre-Harvest, 39 minutes
Iowa GAP Level 1 Post-Harvest, 49 minutes

GroupGAP Webinar, Feb 18

GroupGAP: USDA’s New Cooperative Approach to Farmer Food Safety Certification
Thursday, February 18
3:30 – 5:00pm ET (12:30 – 2:00pm PT)
Free! Register Now

GroupGAP is a new service (available Spring 2016) from USDA to audit farmers to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). Small farmers are feeling the pressure to get third-party certified as more buyers are requiring GAP certification, and as the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) puts them under new regulatory oversight.

In GroupGAP, a food hub, support organization, or central business entity collaborates with producers to establish site-specific best practices for complying with a food safety standard. The group develops and implements a quality management system (QMS) built to an international standard that can be measured, analyzed, reviewed, and continually improved.

Come hear the experience of a few of the trailblazers – pilot Groups who have already received GroupGAP certification. Why did they seek this certification? How much did it cost? Will they keep up their certification next year? What supports are available? What makes group a good candidate for GroupGAP? What were challenges and successes?

Answers to these questions and more!
Reserve your spot – click here

This session is NOT intended to give you all the details on the GroupGAP requirements from USDA. We suggests that you review the excellent USDA webinar that fills you in on that before this session. This webinar will illustrate, with a few case studies, what the GroupGAP certification experience is like, to give you a sense for the kinds of groups who have found it to be useful.

USDA GroupGAP webinar recording >>>


The Iowa Food Hub was a GroupGAP pilot site. They learned that in order for GroupGAP to be sustainable, the group needs to have over 20 members. Iowa Food Hub is willing to be the Group Host for other farms interested in this method of GAP certification. Farms do not need to be vendors of IFH to participate. Call Teresa at 563-794-0599 for more information.

Food Safety Q&A Webinars Planned

Food safety specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are offering six online sessions to answer food safety questions from educators, consumers and others who want to keep food safe this summer.


The one-hour sessions will begin at noon Central Daylight Time:

  • May 23
  • June 4
  • June 20
  • July 2
  • July 18
  • Aug. 22


To participate, go to slightly before each session begins and log in as a guest.


“When you log in, you’ll be able to type your food safety questions into the chat box and the Iowa State specialists will answer the questions during the live session,” said Angela Shaw, assistant professor and extension specialist in food safety, who will lead the discussions.


Questions also can be emailed to Shaw before each session at; type “food safety Q&A” in the subject line.

Training Videos for School Gardens

School gardens can be important elements of student learning about the food they eat, and food safety in the garden is an important lesson.


To help teachers and school garden coordinators with food safety training for students, ISU Extension and Outreach has created an online training course.  Short videos of young gardeners demonstrate safe food production handling through the identification of biological, physical, and chemical hazards within the garden.


Through the videos, participants will learn different prevention strategies to reduce risks from occurring. Quizzes will be given at the end of each section of the video to test student knowledge on each area of produce food safety.


Additional activities and case studies are provided on the website to assist with further identifying hazards associated with fresh produce. A resource manual is also available on the website to guide the instructors of school gardens on more in-depth information.


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