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Winter Newsletter                                                                                                          02/2020

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Welcome new GLOBALG.A.P. members in North America


HeavyConnect develops easy-to-use mobile software to digitize and simplify field operations and equip decision makers with the real-time information and analytics they need to make smart decisions, across all of their farm sites. Their technology provides mission-critical compliance documentation and record-technology provides mission-critical compliance documentation and record keeping for the agricultural industry including some of the world’s largest farming operations.

Are you interested in GLOBALG.A.P. membership? Contact Roberta Anderson at

GLOBALG.A.P. Hop module featured in brewing magazine

GLOBALG.A.P. and our new Hop Module was mentioned in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of New Brewer Magazine; in an article written by Ann George from the Hop Growers Association (HGA), entitled "Good Bines:HGA Launches Hops Best Practices Resources"
A PDF of the article can be found on pg. 84 here.

GGNA grows by welcoming our new industry consultants

In 2020, GLOBALG.A.P. North America is expanding its service team with the addition of consultants with valued industry expertise.  Meet Nicole Brunner, our dedicated liaison for the tree fruit industry and Carman McKinney in the hop industry. Nicole and Carman will work within their respective industries to provide information, education and support on behalf of GLOBALG.A.P.

Nicole Brunner – Tree Fruit Account Manager (link to dedicated web page)

Nicole Brunner has joined the GLOBALG.A.P. North America team as the new Account Manager for the tree fruit industry, with a focus on apples, cherries and pears.  She will support producers currently involved in GLOBALG.A.P. certification and cultivate relationships with producers who could benefit from GLOBALG.A.P. programs. Read more here.

Carman McKinney - Hop Account Manager

Carman McKinney has joined the GLOBALG.A.P. North America team as the new Account Manager for the hop industry.  She will support producers currently involved in GLOBALG.A.P. certification and cultivate relationships with suppliers and buyers who could benefit from GLOBALG.A.P. programs. Read more here.

Member Spotlight

Naturipe Farms

Interview with Donna Lynn Browne, Director of Food Safety & Social Responsibility

Why has Naturipe chosen GLOBALG.A.P. certification?

We use a different auditing scheme throughout our organization but primarily use GLOBALG.A.P. in Chile, Peru and Argentina. Auditors for GLOBALG.A.P. are more established in these countries than other schemes. We have taken on a few growers in the USA that have GLOBALG.A.P. certification and continue to let them use GLOBALG.A.P. over other schemes. We have also experienced USA growers switch to GLOBALG.A.P. to save money due to your group certification options.

Read more here.


Interview with Mallory Lucas, Willamette Valley Food Safety Specialist / GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer

Can you tell us about the services that Wilbur-Ellis provides to fruit and vegetable growers?

Wilbur-Ellis offers full-service consultation to growers throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as compliance support in the Cascade region. We currently have four Food Safety Specialists throughout the company, and our team is growing.

Read more here.

Are you interested in being a featured member in our e-newsletter? Contact Rosemary Quinn at

Call for Applications for Technical Committees (TC) Membership 2020

You can help shape the direction of the GLOBALG.A.P. standards!

The GLOBALG.A.P. Board has announced that positions are open for the 2020 to 2023 term (3 years) in the following technical committees: Crops, Aquaculture, Livestock, GRASP (GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice), Systems & Rules.

Current GLOBALG.A.P. retailer/food service and producer/supplier members are eligible. All technical committees are made up of retailer/food service and producer/trader members in a 50:50 ratio.

The application period is open until February 16, 2020.

Interested stakeholders must send a letter of interest by filling in the online TC application form, stating their objectives, reasons for applying, and their expertise. Contact Roberta Anderson at with questions. Apply here.

GLOBALG.A.P. IFA Meets Food Manufacturing Industry's Sustainable Farming Mark

GLOBALG.A.P. is happy to announce that its Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) certification program gets "FSA Silver equivalency level” by SAI Platform for all its IFA certificates issued in 13 EU countries, USA and three Canadian provinces. The FSA is widely recognized as a food and drink industry reference for sustainable crop farming. It was created to stimulate the uptake of industry-shared better management practices that improve farm performance and sustainability outcomes.

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