Safeguarding and supporting specialty crops by providing a sustainable source of clean plant material through innovation, collaboration, translational science and outreach.
The National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) is comprised of clean plant centers, scientists, educators, state and federal regulators, large and small nurseries, and growers of specialty crops that work together to ensure that plant propagation material is clean and available.
The Network was created to protect U.S. specialty crops such as berries, citrus, fruit trees, grapes, hops, roses and sweetpotatoes from the spread of economically harmful plant pests and diseases. NCPN ensures the global competitiveness of U.S. specialty crop producers by creating high standards for our clean plant programs.
The Hop Center has swapped out the traditional wood-treated boxes to a raised Airpot design, allowing for more ergonomic pruning and plant maintenance throughout the year.
CPCNW and the USDA-ARS hop breeding program have a cooperative agreement in place which allows for cleaning up high-priority lines for use in breeding before new crosses are developed.
Why use clean plants? To increase quality, yield, and profit.
"The NCPN has really accelerated nurseries clean stock program. It is hard to put a number on the value of access to high-quality virus free material; but I cannot imagine what our industries would like without it! There is certain material we wouldn’t be able to produce at all, and whole sectors of the industry would be at tremendous risk of catastrophe.”
Reid Robinson, Fruit Trees, Sierra Gold, California
“The National Clean Plant Network is important to Double A Vineyards’ future business success...This is not something we could do ourselves and the program is a great example of the industry working together for the benefit of all.”
Dennis Rak, Grapes, Double A Vineyards, New York
“Star Roses and Plants has been working with FPS for over 35 years allowing us to ensure our new introductions come from virus indexed material. The funding from NCPN has allowed FPS and the grower community they service to increase their capacity and varieties they offer, guaranteeing the long-term sustainability of a program invaluable to the rose industry.”
Jacques Ferare, Roses, Star Roses, California