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March 11, 2020

9:00am to 11:30am

Free Event*

*RSVP Required by 3/9/20

Columbia-Greene Community College 

Hudson, NY 12534 

GroupGAP Can Help Reduce Your Cost of Compliance


Do you grow, pack, process, or sell fresh produce? Your farm may need to comply with the FSMA Produce Rule. By now, all produce farms that are not exempt need to adhere to these regulations. Even those that have qualified exemptions need to comply with certain modified requirements.


If your farm is not compliant and you are unsure of how to obtain compliance, you are strongly encouraged to attend:


GroupGAP Interest Meeting (RSVP by 3/9/20 required)


March 11, 2020 - 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Columbia Greene Community College.

What does GroupGAP have to do with FSMA?

Producers have typically sought GAP certifications to help increase access to markets that require these certifications. Today, growers are under pressure to obtain food safety certifications as a result of regulations such as the FSMA Produce Rule.


The USDA has aligned its Harmonized GAP protocol with FSMA. GroupGAP can help small and mid-sized farms acquire food safety certifications while reducing costs. If farms apply individually, certification can cost between $1,100 to $2,200 each year. With GroupGAP, farms can save between 15% to 50% on certification costs depending on the size of the group. Additionally, farmers in New York State may be eligible for Risk Management Agency (RMA) Agricultural Management Assistance funds to cover up to 100% of the cost of Harmonized GAP and GAP Plus+ audits for conservation and financial risk mitigation.


GroupGAP can be a solution for lowering costs to meet both buyer and regulatory demands.


RSVP by 3/9/20 to attend this FREE event:

This event is funded in part through the USDA LFPP Planning Grant.

For additional information contact:


Mary Ann Johnson

Jimmy Shue