Overview of Changes to the USDA Harmonized GAP Audit Workshops May 10 & 22, 2018

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These workshops are designed to provide growers with an overview of the recent changes to the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit, which can be necessary for selling to certain wholesale buyers. The workshops will discuss relevant food safety practices for produce farms and share the resources available from NCSU to help you implement a food safety plan in your farm and successfully go through a food safety audit.

First Workshop location and time

Date    May 10, 2018

Time    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Location          Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center (455 Research Dr., Mills River, NC 28759-3423)


To register for the Henderson County GAP workshop on 5/10, call the Henderson County Extension Center at (828) 697-4891 or use our online registration form.

There is no charge for the 5/10 GAP workshop.


-What kind of food safety audit do you need?

-Overview of USDA GAP GHP Audit, USDA Harmonized GAP and USDA Harmonized GAP Plus Audit.

-New guidelines for Harmonized GAP, changes to the Harmonized GAP Audit from 2017.

-Overview of sections for the USDA Harmonized GAP Audit for 2018

-General questions

-Field operations and harvesting

-Post-Harvest Operation

            -What do you need to do to comply with FSMA’s Produce Safety Rule in 2018?

A second version of this same workshop will be offered on 5/22 in Davie County. Details for this workshop are:

Date    May 22, 2018

Time    9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Location          Davie County Extension Center (180 S. Main St. Mocksville, NC 27028)


To register for the 5/22 workshop, call the Davie County Extension Center at (336) 753-6100 or follow this link:


            There is a $10.00 fee for the 5/22 GAP workshop

If you have questions about the content of the workshops please contact Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent- Western NC at elena_rogers@ncsu.edu or (828)352-2519.

This workshop is being organized by Elena Rogers, Area Specialized Agent- Food Safety- Fresh Produce Western NC, Craig Mauney, Area Specialized Agent – Commercial Vegetables and Fruit, Karen Blaedow, Extension Agent- Vegetables and Small Fruit for Henderson County and Pam Jones, Area Agent Agriculture- Horticulture for Davie and Yadkin Counties.