Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Consulting


CFSA offers one-on-one training to help North and South Carolina growers become USDA-GAPs certified

Take advantage of our one-on-one training opportunity to have a mock audit conducted on your farm. This training will help you identify potential risks and get an assessment of your current practices in relation to the GAPs certification matrix.



NEW FOR NC GROWERS! If you have participated in the Local Produce Safety Initiative, by participating in a CFSA GAP workshop or receiving a one-on-one consultation, you may qualify for a cost share of up to $900 after successfully completing a GAP audit. Learn more.


CFSA GAPs Consulting

As part of our Local Produce Safety Initiative, we offer one-on-one site training and consultations including:


1) Conducting a Risk Assessment
2) Conducting a Mock Audit
3) Food Safety Plan Review
4) On-Site Food Safety Training
5) Audit Support


To qualify for services you must:

1) Be a current CFSA member prior to scheduling your consultation. Join CFSA today!

2) Submit a Good Agricultural Practices Consulting application.

3) Be willing to complete surveys and provide information on how participation in the program has impacted your operation.




NC GAP Cost-Share – How to Apply

To apply:

1. Complete the online GAP Cost Share application

2. Submit the following paperwork to

a. The NCDA GAP audit invoice

b. A completed W-9 for your operation

c. Proof of payment

d. Your final audit report or GAP certificate


This cost share is offered on a first-come-first-serve basis until available funds are depleted. Submitting the application does not guarantee that funds are available. You will be notified within 7 days of the status of your application.


You must have successfully passed you GAP audit prior to applying and be an active member of CFSA.


Trish Tripp
Local Produce Safety Manager
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Since launching LPSI in North Carolina in 2011, CFSA has provided training to over 500 workshop participants and one-on-one consulting to 60+ specialty crop farmers. Over fifty program participants passed a USDA GAPs audit. The success of the program has been due to dedicated growers, strong partnerships with our collaborators (NCSU, NC Cooperative Extension, NC Growing Together) and our funders.

Funding for this work is provided by the Southern Risk Management Education Center, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund, The Wallace Center, and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

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