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 specialty crops in the United States. The Network operates under the auspices of three USDA agencies: the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture which agree to cooperatively support research, quarantine and outreach activities.
In 2005, representatives from grape and fruit tree industries pioneered the clean plant approach, holding 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 stakeholders, industry members, scientists and other interested parties developed the current grape and fruit tree commodity groups. In 2010, berries, citrus and hops commodity groups joined the Network, and in 2015, sweetpotato and rose groups were added. Advisory committees that include industry representatives and researchers from throughout the country are an essential part of the equation for communicating priorities to the NCPN. Each specialty crop commodity group has its own governing body with representatives from industry, state and federal regulatory agencies, and research and extension areas in different regions of the country.