We are initiating some changes to the NCPN website along with Network News, and also introducing an electronic newsletter delivered via email to the public and stakeholders of the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN). This Coordinators Corner is one of the new features of the website. Here we will keep you up-to-date on the plans and activities of the team that supports the various Governing Boards of NCPN. We have also added a schedule of upcoming events to this website. Check out A Look Ahead to see what is happening in regards to the specialty crops in the network.
We are very excited about these new venues for connecting with you to share information, success stories, resources, and concerns about how the NCPN can sustain healthy, profitable, and productive specialty crops!
The first edition of Network News provides an overview of the seven specialty crop groups which currently comprise the National Clean Plant Network. Watch for the Network News in your email in-box. Or request to be added to our distribution list by signing up here: http://nationalcleanplantnetwork.org/about/Coordinators_Corner/
On February 11, 2016, Tom Vilsack, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, announced that USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has allocated $58.25 million from Section 10007 of the 2014 Farm Bill to support fiscal year 2016 Plant Pest and Disease Management and Disaster Prevention Programs. Included in this allocation is $5 million to support the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN), providing funding to 22 projects in 17 states that focus on providing high quality propagative plant material free of targeted pathogens.
The network actively communicates via a series of meetings and teleconferences, in which we collectively address critical issues, share best-management practices, and collaborate on processes to advance the clean plant mission. NCPN also participates in a wide array of agriculture-related events and conferences, in order to stay informed and involved with what is important to our constituents.
In January of this year, Mr. Erich Rudyj and Dr. David Prokrym had the opportunity to attend and participate in the American Hop Convention, an annual gathering of hop growers, brokers, and brewers, held this year in Palm Desert, California. This was an excellent opportunity to learn how NCPN funding is benefitting the hop industry and how valued the program is to growers all across the country. This convention is now in its 60th year, and new this year was a Small Grower Track, with overflow attendance at a session on access to clean planting stock. With this evidence of overwhelming interest in virus-tested hop material, it seems appropriate to feature hops here and in the inaugural edition of the Network News. In the future, we look forward to sharing more about each of the specialty crops in the network, as well as the centers that support the clean plant mission.