1.00 Outline and Worksheets
The USDA GAP Audit Verification Checklist is the official checklist for performing the audit. It was updated in January, 2012. It includes all seven sections of the audit forms for the USDA GAP-GHP audit no matter what areas a farm operation may require. A farm is considered GAP certified if it passes the two required parts- Demographics and General Questions- plus one other section of the checklist. (Farms are encouraged to set a goal to seek GAP certifications in all areas that apply to their operations.)
The file to the right, "usda gap table of contents 010312.pdf" contains the list of materials that you will need to have in your manual if you wish to be certified in Section 1 Farm Review, Section 2 Field Harvest, or both. This will serve as your guide for gathering and assembling your POA Manual,
In order to begin the POA manual, start by using the worksheets provided related to the various sections of the audit. The audit question is on the left side of the page and your response to that audit question goes in the middle column. These are your worksheets so use them fully. There are some responses already in place but you are encouraged to edit and change these to help them fit your individual farm operation. Remember that each farm has and writes their own customized GAP Plan of Action manual. I have included the first three section worksheets at this point to give you experience in plan writing. Remember, you can only type into the .xls template.