Good Agricultural Practices

Waging a successful battle against the foodborne pathogens that can sicken people — or even kill them — takes some creative strategizing on the part of small- and mid-size farms, primarily because they’re so different from large farms and even from one another.

With that in mind, about 25 people took advantage of the

Farmers-market_406x250Farmers who want to sell their produce in certain markets, such as big-box stores, have to get certain food safety certifications, but not everyone can afford to scale up. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is trying to help. An increasing number of retailers require their suppliers to have Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) certification, which verifies…

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is offering a free food-safety guide to assist growers with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and Good Handling Practices (GHPs). The 204-page guide, entitled, “Bridging the GAPs FARM GUIDE – Good Agricultural Practices and On-Farm Food Safety for Small, Mid-Sized, and Diversified Fruit and Vegetable Farms,” is available in…