The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) and University of Maryland Extension (UME) currently hold one Advanced GAP course annually at the Maryland Department of Agriculture in Annapolis, MD. This course is designed for people who have already attended a Basic GAP course or need to maintain a food safety certification.
This one-day workshop is helpful for growers who wish to learn more about implementing food safety practices. This year’s agenda, not yet finalized, will include information about agricultural water systems, FSMA, sanitary design, risk assessments, and an update on Harmonized GAP audits.
Registration, Cost, and Locations: Participants are encouraged to register online, or if you have questions or encounter difficulties registering online, please contact the organizer for the particular location. Registration is required to ensure adequate materials are available.
Each workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 4 pm. The fee for the program will be $20 and will cover lunch costs and materials provided to each participant. Attendees will receive a certificate of participation following the program.
MDA offers two GAP certification programs for fruit and vegetable producers.
– MDA GAP certification is geared toward direct marketers or other producers that want to start with a basic food safety program and is available to Maryland fruit and vegetable producers at no cost.
– USDA GAP/GHP and USDA Harmonized GAP pre-harvest and post-harvest certification are provided through a cooperative agreement with USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service and is anationally recognized certification that meets the requirements of many wholesale buyers. USDA specialty crop grant funding is available for cost share of the USDA audit fees.
For more information on these certification programs, contact Deanna Baldwin with the Maryland Department of Agriculture at Deanna.firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-841-5769 or Justine Beaulieu with the University of Maryland at email@example.com or 301-405-7543.