Good Agricultural Practices

Buyers in Montana and elsewhere increasingly require their raw food product suppliers to be trained in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) as well as to develop and implement GAP/GHP plans in their everyday operations. Larger buyers are requiring producers’ operations to be GAP/GHP certified as well. GAP/GHP training is geared to farmers who are growing for fresh markets—markets that need assurance that the products they purchase are grown and handled in a sanitary manner that promotes food safety. These markets include direct-to-consumer markets, cafeteria and restaurant food service markets, as well as processed food ingredient markets. This workshop discusses specific potential food safety risks in farming and handling operations, and the practices available to mitigate those risks. This training prepares producers for the increasing expectations and requirements of buyers. MMFEC, in partnership with the Montana Department of Agriculture, offers this course multiple times per year. Course instructor: TBD.



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