GAP Connections Tobacco Certification Standards
The GAPC Grower Certification Program is a voluntary program that recognizes growers for their excellence in the areas of Crop, Environment, and Labor practices. GAPC Certification Standards are the measurable standards associated with the voluntary GAPC Certification Program which distinguishes those growers that commit to the adoption of agricultural standards and practices which produce a quality crop while protecting, sustaining, or enhancing the environment, ensuring the safety and rights of farm laborers.
GAP Certification Standards are defined as Critical or Additional:
- Critical Standards - generally required by law or deemed necessary by the industry. Compliance with Certification Standards does not guarantee compliance with Federal, State, or local laws.
- Additional Standards – adhere to good agricultural practices.
GAPC Certification Standards do not replace or supersede contract requirements between growers and purchasing companies but instead, offer the industry a set of guiding principles that identify and promote best practices for on-farm production and post-production processes.
EVERY DECISION MATTERS.
Establishing a higher standard across the industry requires accountability and collaboration every step of the way. The voluntary GAP Connections Certification Program facilitates partnership at every level, from growers and buyers to regulators and stakeholders, to foster an environment that promotes sustainability, profitability, fairness, and competition.
HOW YOU GROW MATTERS.
Laying the foundation for sustainable, socially responsible agriculture practices starts with implementing responsible crop and environmental management standards. From seed selection to chemical application, GAP Connections works with Universities, Extension, and growers to provide information and resources that strengthen the economic outlook for both the individual grower and the industry.
HOW YOU WORK MATTERS.
GAP Connections helps growers understand and maintain compliance with critical labor laws and regulations. It is important to have labor-management practices that adhere to laws and regulations, promote worker rights and provide a safe working environment.