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Proposal Time, Sept, 2017

It’s proposal time!

These words can inspire optimism or dread in the hearts of Network stakeholders, depending on their role in the effort. Whether submitting a painstakingly crafted application or reviewing all those applications in fine detail, everyone involved agrees that the USDA Cooperative Agreement process is a critically important link in the chain of success for U.S. specialty crops. Along this chain of events which ultimately results in clean planting stock for growers and nurseries, cooperative agreements help ensure efficient and effective use of limited resources. The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) connects Centers throughout the U.S. that produce healthy plants to ensure the highest quality and yield of tree fruit, grapes, berries, hops, sweet potatoes, citrus and roses.

In this issue of the Network News, we will take a closer look at how those funds are put to work, how priorities are established and how workplans are harmonized within a funded crop group.

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  • Fruit Trees, NCPN Network News, Spring 2017

    Phil Baugher

    Phil Baugher, President, Adams County Nursery Inc., Aspers Pennsylvania “In 1999, plum pox virus was discovered for the first time in North America. This discovery was within ten miles of our warehousing and shipping facility and within six miles from one of our farming operations. In the three years that followed, over 1500 acres of bearing peach, nectarine, plum and apricot orchards were...

  • Hops, NCPN Network News, Spring 2017

    Jason Perrault

    Jason Perrault, Select Botanicals, Toppenish Washington “At Select Botanicals Group and Hop Breeding Company we have utilized the NCPN extensively as a trusted source of up-to-date information, clean public plant material, and as a path towards developing and maintaining clean stocks of our varieties and germplasm. We've seen first-hand the impact widespread infection by virus and viroids...

  • 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...

  • Grapes,NCPN Network News, Spring 2017

    Rick Hamman

    Rick Hamman, Viticulture Manager, Hogue Ranches, Prosser Washington “The National Clean Plant Network is a valuable resource for our wine industry of Washington and other areas of the PNW and the nation. Virus-clean grapevine material from the Clean Plant Center Northwest (CPCNW) has given the Washington wine industry a future and direction in battling the most significant disease...

  • Berries, NCPN Network News, Spring 2017

    John Clark

    John R Clark, Distinguished Professor, University of Arkansas “Back in the early to mid-2000s, two major developments occurred that impacted blackberry production, particularly in the South and California. The first was the identification of several new viruses present in blackberries, including blackberry yellow vein associated virus, followed by a number of others along with numerous virus combinations in subsequent years. The second development was a substantial increase in planting...

  • Citrus, NCPN Network News, Spring 2017


    Aaron Dillon, Four Winds Growers, Watsonville California “Four Wind Growers is a four-generation old family-owned citrus nursery based in Watsonville, California, with additional growing grounds in winters, CA. In 1946, a curious soon-to-be...

  • NCPN Network News Winter 2017 Roses

    Jacques Ferare of Star Roses & Plants, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Clean Rose Collection maintained by the Foundation Plant Services.

    Next time you are at an NCPN meeting and hear a friendly voice in a lilting French accent, it likely belongs to Jacques Ferare, an industry representative to the NCPN-Roses Tier 2 Committee.  He is Vice President for Licensing and Rose Program Director at Star Roses and Plants in West Grove, Pa. A native of Nice, France, Jacques graduated from Colorado State University with a M.S. in...

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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