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What is Food Safety?
Development and use of systems, protocols, and technology to assess, evaluate, and mitigate the risk of food borne diseases from reaching the consumer.

What are Good Agriculture Practices (GAP)?
GAP programs are protocols set by industry or government. Growers use or follow these protocols to produce a commodity in alignment with the program's agronomic and environmental standards. This is an evolving definition.

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)?
Definitions can be subject to regional, commodity, and/or farming practice influences. Apple Leaf recognizes IPM as "a combination of long and short term production strategies which maximize net profits while minimizing the risk of undesirable environmental impacts from agriculture practices."

What is Third Party Verification?
Third Party Verification is the process of contacting an independent third party organization to certify an organization has correctly implemented specific programs or systems. In agriculture, third party verifications are requested either by the grower or markets to confirm a program or system has been implemented and functions as designed or correctly.

What are Biological Assessments and Inventories?
A biological assessment uses sampling methods to determine which plant or animal species exist in a given area. A biological inventory is the tracking and recording of a species within an area.

What is Wetland Delineation?
Wetland delineation determines the boundaries and qualities of wetland areas. This enables growers and developers in wetland areas to tailor their activities according to state and federal regulations.

What are Geographic Information Systems (GIS)?
GIS is software that acquires landscape and resource information and generates digital maps. GIS analysis is used to determine where resources are located and how environments change over time.