NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Certification Assistance Program

What is NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Certification Assistance Program?

The Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)/Good Handling Practices (GHP) Certification Assistance Program of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, Division of Food Safety and Inspection, is a cost-share/reimbursement program designed to assist the New York State’s specialty crop industry with the cost of a GAP/GHP food safety audit.

Funding for this program is provided by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Specialty Crop Block Grant Program.

Who are eligible for the NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices
Certification Assistance Program?

Specialty crop industries in the State of New York are eligible to apply for this grant program.

How to apply for the NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Certification Assistance Program?

Applicants seeking reimbursements for a non-USDA audit performed by a private company in 2011 will be required to provide a signed certification from their buyer (e.g. retail chain) stating that the buyer required or is requiring the audit. Applicants will also be required to provide documentation showing the audit was paid.

How much funding is available for the NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Certification Assistance Program?

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) will reimburse up to $750 of the cost of having NYSDAM/USDA, or a qualified private auditing company, conduct third party audit(s), including water tests, to verify an establishment’s food safety program.

Funds are available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the funds are depleted or December 31, 2011.

Where to send applications for the NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices Certification Assistance Program?

Application forms must be sent by mail or fax to:

New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets
Division of Food Safety & Inspection
GAP/GHP Certification Assistance Program
10B Airline Drive
Albany, New York 12235
FAX: 518.485.8986

For more information on the NYS Good Agricultural Practices/Good Handling Practices
Certification Assistance Program, contact:

518.457.2090 or 800.554.4501

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