National Good Agricultural Practices Program (GAPs)

Short Description

The National GAPs Program aims to reduce microbial risks to fresh fruits and vegetables through GAPs education and training.


The National GAPs Program has extensive experience with nationwide collaborations, GAPs educational material design, and national and international extension training. Since 1999, the National GAPs Program has served as the lead institution coordinating GAPs programs with collaborators at 26 Land-Grant Institutions. It has produced over 20 educational materials designed to reach all sectors of the produce industry. A complete list of materials is available at www.gaps.cornell.edu with materials available for viewing and downloading. In addition to material design and extension workshops, the program has conducted surveys of diverse populations including growers and farm workers in order to determine their understanding and use of food safety practices that directly impact the safety of fruits and vegetables. Food Safety Investigation: Applying Food Safety from Farm to Table curriculum was just completed and designed for high school agriculture, biology, and health classes. Recently, the National GAPs Program launched a GAPs Online Produce Safety Course. This course is available to fresh fruit and vegetable producers throughout the U.S.

Contact Information


(315) 787-2625

Mailing Address

  • 630 W. North Street
  • Hedrick Hall-NYSAES
  • Geneva, NY 14456 (Ontario)

Program Details


  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


  • Department of Food Science
  • Department of Horticulture
  • Food Science and Technology Department


Information For

  • Grades 9-12
  • Families, Parents and Caretakers
  • Businesses and Professionals


  • Small and Medium Businesses
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Disease Transmission and Prevention
  • Personal and Family Health and Wellness
  • Learning and Teaching: In School and Out
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Agriculture
  • Living Environment
  • Grades 9-12
  • Agriculture
  • Water and Waste
  • Career, Technical and Consumer Education

Types of Programs

  • Events, Exhibits, and Visits
  • Publications
  • Training and Professional Development

Service Area

  • International Locations
  • New York State-All
  • Other US Locations

Service Providers

  • Faculty
  • Staff

Fee Structure

Publications are sold by print cost; most trainings are free but this varies by program and extension practices at the county level.

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