Markets Home
Agribusiness Development
Agricultural Associations
Field Crops
Farmers Markets,
Ag. Centers &
Marketing Centers
Grading Services
Green Industry
Horticultural Crops
International Marketing
Kids Stuff
Market News
NC Wine Industry
Specialty Crop
Block Grant


The Cooperative Grading Service offers voluntary inspection of fresh fruits and vegetables, peanuts, tree nuts, specialty and ornamental crops. The service certifies conformity or nonconformity to United States and other grades or contract specifications. The service is provided by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture. The service is available upon request to aid growers, shippers, brokers, receivers, processors, insurance adjusters or other financially interested parties in the packing and marketing of their product. Fees from the applicant make the service self-supporting.

Click here to Request an Inspection

Food Safety Audit Verification Program for Fresh Produce

GAP Certification Cost Share Assistance

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services has developed the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Certification Assistance Program. This program will help North Carolina growers with financial support in obtaining a third party audit to verify they are following effective food safety practices.

WARNING  Household Bleach Usage Policy

Request for Audit Services (pdf) 

GAP Certification Assistance Letter (pdf)

GAP Certification Assistance Application (pdf)

Send comments regarding this site to Ronnie Wynn



NCDA&CS Markets Division, Joe Sanderson, Director
Mailing Address: 1020 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1020
Physical Address: 2 W. Edenton Street, Room 402, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3100; FAX: (919) 733-0999