Promising a close look at the GlobalG.A.P. organization and on-farm food safety standards, GlobalG.A.P. North America is offering a public training event just before the Produce Marketing Association’s Oct. 18-20 Fresh Summit event in New Orleans.

The Oct. 16-17 public training workshop will be at SpringHill Suites New Orleans Downtown in New Orleans, and will give a foundation to understanding the fruit and vegetables programs in GlobalG.A.P.’s Integrated Farm Assurance and Produce Safety Standard certification systems, according to GlobalG.A.P. officials. The workshop will be valuable to growers, buyers, associations, consultants, auditors, inspectors and others, said Jonathan Needham, vice president of operations for GlobalG.A.P.

Needham said the workshop is a “crash course” covering the basics of the GlobalG.A.P. system, network and governance on the first eight-hour day. On the second day eight-hour day, the workshop will cover the fundamentals of on-farm control points for crop standards in the U.S.

The workshop will be led by Heidi Gremminger and will include information about GlobalG.A.P. material relating to regulations for fruits and vegetables and farm operations, according to GlobalG.A.P.

More information about the workshop is available online or by contacting Jonathan Needham at 443-869-6120 or via e-mail at

Workshop fee is $500. An optional exam at the end of the second day is offered for $100, according to the registration form for the event.