About The National Clean Plant Network
The 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). A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the three federal agencies was signed in 2009 containing an agreement to cooperatively support research, quarantine and outreach activities for the newly-organized NCPN.
The impetus for the organization of the NCPN came from the grape and fruit tree industries, who in 2005 initiated a series of meetings to explore the formation of a national group devoted to focusing on foundation materials that are tested, treated and maintained as a healthy source of plant materials for growers in the United States. In 2008, the grape and fruit tree networks were developed by stakeholders, industry members, scientists and other interested parties for those respective specialty crops. In 2010, berries, citrus and hops were added to the NCPN. Each specialty crop network has its own board and charter.