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NCPN Sweet Potato News

Sweetpotato, NCPN Network News, Spring 2017

Matthew Garber

Matthew Garber, Garber Farms, Iota Louisiana “Garber Farms grows over 1,000 acres of sweet potatoes annually. Our average yields over the past 10 years has steadily increased to around 675 bushels per acre. The Foundation seed program provided by LSU has been the core input of our production practices. Its ability to provide Garber Farms with a viral-and disease-free clean plant product...

Posted on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 11:06 AM

NCPN Network News Winter 2017 Sweetpotatoes

Dr. Chris Clark and Emily RIngeman are part of the expert team that manages the Sweetpotato Clean Plant Center at Louisiana State University AgCenter. Over 60 years of collective experience are represented by the team members who collaborate across two locations: the Sweetpotato Research Station in Chase, and the Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology program in Baton Rouge.

You'd think something named “sweetpotato” would be a bit more attractive, but the tuber's lack of visual appeal can be forgiven once it hits the palate. Sweetpotatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients. But let's be honest—the sweetpotato's real charm is its versatility in providing a vessel for melted butter,...

Posted on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 1:51 PM

NCPN Sweetpotato begins

As a result of the 2015 Cooperative Agreement Program, USDA-APHIS designated funds for the start-up of the National Clean Plant Network for Sweetpotatoes (NCPN-SP). This annual grant process is made possible by the Farm Bill, which currently budgets $5M to be shared among the seven current specialty crops.  The inaugural meeting of the Tier 2 Governing Body was held in Winnsboro, LA in...

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 11:10 AM

NCPN LogoThe National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) is a voluntary association of specialty crop networks that have joined to promote the use of pathogen-tested, healthy plant material for food crops in the United States. The NCPN operates under the auspices of three agencies within the United States Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).



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