Good Agricultural Practices

National Good Agriculture Practices Program

The National GAPs Program was established in 1999 and based at Cornell University (  The GAPs Program has collaborators in 34 states throughout the nation and has created many educational materials to help implement good agricultural practices on the farm.  Implementation of on-farm GAPs is voluntary with no federal governance. GAP adoption and certification offers two primary benefits:

1) Reduce the risk that a foodborne disease outbreak will originate on the farm and
2) Improved market access opportunities.

Good Agriculture Practices (GAPs) Program at Ohio State University

GAPS are a series of voluntary management guidelines that can help to reduce the risks of microbial contamination of fruits and vegetables. GAPs can be incorporated into any production system and targets pre-harvest and post-harvest practices.

GAPs address four major routes of foodborne pathogen contamination of fresh produce: water, waste, wildlife and workers.  For more information on GAPs programs at OSU contact Dr. Sanja Ilic or Dr. Melanie L. Ivey (Team Leaders).

GAPs Training Programs at Ohio State University