The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) is pleased to announce a cost-share program for specialty crop growers to alleviate the cost associated with GAP/GHP certification.
Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) and Good Handling Practices (GHP) audits are voluntary inspections that evaluate how fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled, and stored. The goal is to ensure that food is produced in the safest manner possible to minimize risks of microbial food safety hazards.
The cost-share program will reimburse farmers that have successfully passed a GAP/GHP certification for 75% of the cost up to a maximum of $500 per year.
“We are always looking for ways to help our state’s producers grow and expand,” said Commissioner John McMillan. “GAP/GHP certification is required by most schools, grocers, and wholesalers. By providing financial assistance, we are helping our farmers reach those markets.”
Funds for this program are provided through the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Reimbursements are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted.