Good Agricultural Practices: Workshops Set for Fall 2014, Spring 2015

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will conduct Level 1 and Level 2 workshops covering Good Agricultural Practices for fruit and vegetable producers beginning in October. The one-day workshops are important for growers who want to better understand how GAPs can be used to meet buyers’ food safety requirements.

The one-day workshops are offered as Level 1: KNOW and Level 2: SHOW. Level 1 is training for growers who provide food to consumers through community-supported agriculture or farmers’ markets, or are considering retail foodservice sales. Training covers good agriculture best practices and market considerations.  

Level 2 workshops guide farmers in the development of a written farm food safety plan. Farmers considering sales to wholesale foodservices such as grocers, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions, and those interested in adding value to fresh produce and selling products in a convenience form will have the tools to demonstrate GAPs are in place after attending the workshop. Farmers then can offer food safety assurances to buyers.

ISU Extension and Outreach faculty and specialists instructing the workshops include Angela Shaw, food safety; Catherine Strohbehn, food safety and local foods systems; and Linda Naeve, value added agriculure. The workshops are funded through a grant from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Services Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

2014/2015 GAP workshop schedule

Warren County Extension Office, 909 E 2nd Ave # E, Indianola
Level 1: Oct. 4
Level 2: Oct. 18

Woodbury County Extension Office, 4301 Sergeant Rd, Sioux City
Level 1: Nov. 19
Level 2: Nov. 25

ISU Armstrong Research Farm/Wallace Foundation, 53020 Hitchcock Ave, Lewis
Level 1: Feb. 12
Level 2: Feb.20

Spencer, Iowa (location to be determined)
Level 1: Feb. 17
Level 2: Feb: 24

Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Road NE, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids
Level 1: March 10
Level 2: March 24

The fee is $25 per workshop with discounts for farms and multiple level participation. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the program. Registration can be made directly online at For more information, please contact Angela Shaw at 515-294-0868 or email at