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National online GAPs class for fruit and vegetable growers: scholarships available

Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, Food Safety

There are many online trainings available for farmers currently, with most trainings moving to virtual spaces due to COVID-19. We will be offering online FSMA trainings and GAP farm food safety trainings this winter co-led by UMN extension and fruit and vegetable farmers (schedules and registration to be released later this month.) One great option right now is the fully-online 3 week GAPs class offered by our partners at Cornell University, and we have scholarships for farmers who wish to participate.


This course, led by national experts and hosted by Cornell University National GAPs Program, is a great option if you are wanting to learn more about on-farm food safety in a self-paced, web-based class over the course of 3 weeks.  The course will provide you with excellent research-based information on some of the key risks to food safety on your farm and practical ways to reduce them.

The next offering of the course is October 28 - November 17, with subsequent courses to follow.  The course lasts 3 weeks and includes interactive activities to learn about on-farm food safety. Once the course opens, it is open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for 3 weeks so you will be able to complete the course when time permits in your schedule. There are no required hours of participation. Most students spend 15 to 20 hours on this course, but depending on your knowledge, more or less time may be required.

Learn more about the GAPs online course from Cornell University here.

Register for the course here.

Scholarships available

The course costs $225, and thanks to a grant from the MDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, there are a limited number of scholarships to cover the cost for a fruit or vegetable farmers from Minnesota who wish to participate.  You must be a fruit, vegetable, herb, mushroom, nut or other specialty crop grower in MN to qualify. If you are interested in this scholarship for course, please email Annalisa at hultb006@umn.edu.



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