North Carolina SweetPotato Commission
The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission Inc. is a non-profit corporation with more than 450 members representing the state’s producers, packers, shippers, and other supply chain partners. The Commission’s mission is to market the North Carolina sweetpotato industry and increase consumption of this tropical vegetable through education, promotional activities, research, and advanced horticulture practices among its growers.
Thanks to the six sweetpotato farmers that chartered the Commission in 1961, the organization has maintained North Carolina’s ranking as the number one sweet potato-producing state in the United States since 1971. The state’s hot, moist climate and fertile, sandy soil make it ideal for cultivating sweetpotatoes. Its innovative, progressive producers also play a vital role in its success. More than 98% are part of family operations, and they farm with the intention of future generations continuing their legacy. These producers also recognize the value of agricultural research and collaborate with research institutions in the state and beyond to push the boundaries of what is possible – from increasing yield and improving pest resistance to minimizing waste by ensuring year-round shelf stability.