North Carolina SweetPotato Commission celebrates 60 years of helping farmers

The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission hopes to increase sweet potato consumption through education, promotional activities, research and honorable horticultural practices among its producers. It started its activities in 1961 and is celebrating 60 years this year. The North Carolina SweetPotato Commission works with hundreds of family operated farms across the state. Many operations have been around for generations and work hard to keep their businesses going.

Kendall Hill runs Tull Hill Farms in Kinston. He's 80 years old and has been working on the farm since he was 10. His father started the farm in 1938. Tull Hill Farms is just one of hundreds of family owned operations across North Carolina. Then there is Vick Family Farms in Wilson, run by Jerome Vick. He acquired the land through his family after his grandparents bought the farm in 1915.

Both Vick and Hill have been involved in the SweetPotato Commission since it started in 1961. Ten years later, North Carolina became the No. 1 sweet potato producing state in the United States. It's kept that honor ever since.

The North Carolina SweetPotato commission is actively working to change sweet potato from two words into one. Multiple groups like, the International Potato Center, National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group and National Agriculture Research Organization (NARO) in Japan already refer to a sweet potato as "sweetpotato". also explains how the commission worked with the North Carolina General Assembly to enact the North Carolina SweetPotato Act for promotion of the vegetable across NC.

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