USDA Offers Assistance for GAP Audits in 16 States

USDA logoUSDA has announced that it will provide $3.7 million to help defray the costs of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) audits for fruit and vegetable growers in 16 states. Beginning January 2, 2019, USDA Risk Management Agency will provide Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) funds to cover up to 100% of the cost of the Harmonized GAP audit and the Harmonized GAP Plus+ audit for farmers in states authorized by Congress to receive financial assistance for conservation and financial risk mitigation. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The audits focus on best agricultural practices to verify that fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of food safety hazards.