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The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, and the Kentucky Department for Public Health have joined together to ensure that Kentucky producers have the tools and information they need to reduce the risk of contamination from troubling pathogens.

The first part of Kentucky's GAP Training Program is education. A curriculum has been developed that has been given to county Cooperative Extension Agents to present to local producers. During this class producers learn the best practices that will reduce the risk of their product becoming contaminated. Upon completion of this class the farmer receives a certificate issued by the KDA, a GAP Training Certificate. The certificate is a component of the requirements to allow raw product samples at Kentucky Farmers' Markets and Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Markets.

The second step is the completion of a self-audit utilizing workbooks received during the GAP training class. This process allows the producer to go over his or her operation step-by-step to identify possible deficiencies in their production practices and make the necessary adjustments to ensure GAPS are being followed. Using the self-audit materials allows for a record of the steps taken which better allows the farmer to address future concerns.