Good Agricultural Practices and Good Handling Practices

Good Agricultural Practices, Good Handling Practices (GAP/GHP) were developed by USDA as a result of requests from states, shippers and growers.

This program provides uniformity of a national auditing program for the fresh produce industry verifying good agricultural and handling practices. This is an independent, third-party, audit-based service provided by licensed GAP/GHP inspectors who have successfully completed the GAP/GHP training class and have participated in a minimum of three audits, including two as the lead auditor. This type of audit is required by some purchasers of produce.

To request an Audit, please fill out the USDA GAP/GHP - Request for Audit Services form below and mail, email or fax it to: Josh Grant, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Technician, Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909, Fax: 517-335-4540, or email: If you did not participate in the USDA GAP/GHP Audit Program in the last year, please download and complete an Agreement for Participation in Audit Verification Programs form below as well.

Fee Schedule: $108.00 per hour inspection, plus round trip travel.

For questions, please call:

  Lansing/MDARD:  Patricia Bizoukas, 517-284-5664