Tracking Your Produce For Your Business and Health Webinar

Watch the webinar on YouTube at

Slides from the webinar as a pdf file:

Resources mentioned in the webinar:

Michigan State University Organic Farming Exchange:

Cornell University GAP course:

Cornell publication: Food Safety Begins on the Farm: A Grower Self Assessment of Food Safety Risks:

FAQs about the Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA Guide to Minimize Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

FDA Bad Bug Book:

Checklist used by USDA auditors:

Rodale Institute: Creating Lot Numbers:

GAP certification agencies/auditing firms USDA GAP Primus Labs AIB NSF

About the Webinar

This session will explain simple steps an organic farm can take to reduce the risk on the farm while complying with the NOP organic certification. A computer-less traceability system will be discussed, and templates will be offered to aid the process. This session will help organic farmers improve the current level of food production safety and prepare for Food Production Safety Certification, such as the USDA GAP.

Colleen Collier Bess is recently retired from Michigan Department of Agriculture Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. She provided guidance for the Organic Cost Share for several years and then as USDA Good Ag Practices became a reality she was one of two USDA GAP inspectors conducting audits for the state of Michigan. She was the Program manager for fruit and vegetable inspection until she retired in December of 2010. Colleen is an educator and advocate for organic farmers and food safety, never shying from sharing her knowledge through outreach and educational programs throughout the state. Her knowledge on USDA GAP has helped many farmers reduce the risk on their farm by implementing Good Agricultural Practices and successfully passing a subsequent audit.

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Published September 22, 2011

This is an eOrganic article and was reviewed for compliance with National Organic Program regulations by members of the eOrganic community. Always check with your organic certification agency before adopting new practices or using new materials. For more information, refer to eOrganic's articles on organic certification.