Good Fruit Grower

May 1

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Sustainable Agriculture GRAS2P can help growers bring their orchards into compliance with GlobalGAP standards. by Geraldine Warner "It wasn't as hard as they were M with THE AUDIT? Ready for anticipating." —Nicole Brunner ore Washington growers and packers are turning to GRAS2P (Growers Response to Agricultural Safe and Sustainable Practices) for help in preparing for third-party certifications, such as GlobalGAP The Washington State Horticultural Association devel- oped the GRAS2P audit readiness program three years ago. Nicole Brunner, GRAS2P coordinator, said the giant retailer Walmart forced fruit growers to address food safety when it announced two years ago that it would require on-farm certification by Primus, SQF, or GlobalGAP. Shortly after- wards, Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, which is likely to result in more food safety regulations affecting tree fruit producers. GRAS2P is designed to help growers prepare for GlobalGAP auditing. The association has a manual of procedures and forms to guide growers Nicole Brunner checks the GRAS2P training manual, which can be purchased by any Washington grower. World Class Fruit Deserves World Class Care The exper tise, servic e , and pr oduct youw an t for business McGregor Company. R y an & Todd be Ryan Kelsey Cell: 509.308.9262 are well ac cess conv en tional & organic pr oduc tion, with inffo c omplete to Todd ar e fully equipped pr oduc t lines netw or ked per tinent or for for or mation, quick for your tr ee fruit & viney ard can found found at T he 1560 S. Main Milton-Freewater, OR 541.938.0205 5251 EltopiaWest Rd , Elt opia,WAA W 509.297.4296 The McGregor Company www.mcg 14 MAY 1, 2012 GOOD FRUIT GROWER 1020 S. Clodfelt er Rd Kennewick,WA Kennewick WA 509.627.3917 Photo by geraldine warner

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