The Concept

The Good Agricultural Practices Certification Assistance Program will help NC growers with financial support.

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Who's it for?

Growers in North Carolina seeking funding for auditing.

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What problem does it solve?

Are you a Grower in the state of North Carolina wishing to verify your product and food safety, but you lack the funds for an audit?

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How does it help?

By sharing costs, the goal of this program is to increase the number of NC farmers following the GAP and using third-party audits to verify their food safety program.

Program Overview

This is a cost share program designed to assist fruit and vegetable growers with the cost of a GAP/GHP audit. For farms that are being audited for the first time the NCDA&CS will pay up to $900 of the cost of having a third-party audit to verify a farm's food safety program. A farm that has been audited in previous years will receive a total of $300. The total amount a farm can receive will be $900 per year for first time audits or $300 per year for subsequent audits. Funds will be paid to the auditor conducting the GAP/GHP audit to reduce the cost to the farmer up to $900. Participating farmers will be responsible for paying the auditor for any balance due above the reimbursement threshold. Funding for this program comes from a USDA grant to the NCDA&CS. Funds are available on a first come first served basis until the funds are depleted.

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