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Plant Health Programs

National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) Update

Robert S. Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Accreditation and Certification Services (ACS)

Quarantine Policy, Analysis and Support Staff (QPAS)

Erich S. Rudyj, M.Sc.

Coordinator, National Clean Plant Network


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NCPN Mission

The NCPN provides high quality asexually propagated plant material free of targeted plant pathogens and pests that cause economic loss to protect the environment and ensure the global competitiveness of specialty crop producers.

Source: NCPN Draft Business Plan

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Existing U.S. Clean Plant Programs met at UC-Davis to Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

Establish Regional Clean Plant Centers

Initially focus on fruit crops

Secure sustainable funding

NCPN Steering Committee - 2006

Identify and draft initial NCPN goals/objectives

Report on history of existing clean plant programs

Propose national workshop with a broader audience

NCPN Workshop – May 2007

Discuss/refine goals and objectives

Draft Mission and Vision Statements

Draft a Strategic Plan

NCPN Implementation 2008 - 2009

Farm Bill 2008 

Stop-Gap Agency Funding Sources

NCPN Governance Forming 2008-2009

Governing Bodies Forming 

Core Working Group and Tier 1 National Body

Tier 2 Commodity Bodies Chartered


Tree Fruits (Pomes and Stone Fruits)

Tier 3 Regional Bodies Chartered


NCPN General Meeting – March 2009

Federal MOU – Signed 

National Governance Body Roll-Out

Develop the Business Plan 

NCPN – A Brief History > 2005 - 2009

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FARM BILL 2008 – Update Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 Section 10202: National Clean Plant Network

USDA shall establish “National Clean Plant Network” of clean plant centers for pathogen diagnosis and elimination to:

(1) produce clean propagative material; and

(2) maintain blocks of tested material throughout USA

Clean plant material made available to:

(1) a State for certification programs; and

(2) private nurseries and producers

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FARM BILL 2008 – Update Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005(continued)

USDA shall consult with State Departments of Agriculture and Universities

To extent practicable and with input from State officials and industry representatives, use existing Federal or State facilities to serve as clean plant centers

Funding – $ 5,000,000 annually for each of 4 years (2009 - 2012); available until expended

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FARM BILL 2008 – Implementation Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

Funding Availability – OMB apportioned funding to USDA on April 17, 2009

Funding Process - Request for Proposals in June 2009

Funding Decisions – NCPN National Governing Body

Funding Mechanism – Cooperative Agreements issued to applicants by USDA likely July-September 2009

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NCPN Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) - Update Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

  • Lays NCPN Foundation at Federal Level

    • Program Goals and Governance

    • 3 Agency Partners >>> APHIS / ARS / CSREES

  • Communicates Program to Stakeholders

    • Governance, Intent, Direction

  • Signed at NCPN General Meeting

    • US Nat’l Arboretum

    • March 26, 2009

Dr. Meryl Broussard, CSREES

Mr. Kevin Shea, APHIS

Dr. Edward Knipling, ARS

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NCPN Business Plan - Update Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

  • Describes – NCPN Mission, Goals, Performance Measures, and Funding Plan

  • Cleared by APHIS, ARS, CSREES, OBPA, and OMB

  • Distributed at NCPN General Meeting (March 25-26)

    • Stakeholder Feedback Requested

  • Final Anticipated in May 2009

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ARS Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005



NCPN Governance Update –April 2009

3 Agency Federal Core Working Group

Tier 1

NCPN Nat’l Governing Body



Fruit Tree CPN Governing Body

Grape CPN (GCPN) Governing Body

Tier 2

No Regional networks at this time

Eastern GCPN

Western GCPN

Tier 3

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Federal/State Repr. Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

Mike Colvin (CA Dept. Of Agric.)

Jan Hedberg (OR Dept. of Agric.)

Carol Holko (MD Dept. of Agric.)

David Johnson (MO Dept. of Agric.)

Bob Martin (USDA/ARS – OR)

Tom Wessels (WA Dept. of Agric.)

Research Representatives

Ken Eastwell (WSU)

Tony Wolf (VA Tech U.)

Extension Representatives

Mark Black (Texas A&M Univ.)

Tim Martinson (Cornell U. – NY)

Rhonda Smith (WSU)

Industry Representatives

Cathy Caldwell (Pacific NW Nurseries)

Fred Frank (Eastern States Growers)

Phil Freese (California Growers)

Jonathan Held (Central States Growers)

Dan Martinez (California Nurseries)

Dennis Rak (Eastern States Nurseries)

Ted Wildman, (Pacific NW Growers)

Larry Womack (Central States Nurseries)

University Representatives

Marc Fuchs (Cornell U. – NY)

Deborah Golino (UC-Davis)

Kieth Striegler (U. MO)

NCPN – Grapes Tier 2 and Tier 3 Governing Body Members

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Grape Clean Plant Network (GCPN) – Update Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

Tier 2 (Commodity) and Tier 3 (Regional) Governing Bodies

  • GCPN Mission:

  • To coordinate grape clean plant programs, opportunities, and needs

  • into stakeholder driven national network

  • GCPN Goals:

    • Develop stratagem to preserve functionality of ongoing programs

    • Provide platform for sustainable activities

  • GCPN Action items:

    • Formalize Tier 2 and Tier 3 governing bodies

    • Select members and develop charters

    • Develop vision of the grape network

    • Develop grape clean plant network certification guidelines

    • Review testing protocols and requirements

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Grape Clean Plant Network (GCPN) Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005

Some Current Issues

  • NCPN Grape Program - Funding:

    • Develop and coordinate FY 2009 funding proposals

  • NCPN Grape Network - Expansion:

    • Conceptualize and propose an ‘eastern’ grape motherblock

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Some existing clean plant programs and cooperators for Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005grapevines,and fruit and nut trees, and current NCPN Grape network structure

National Grape and Wine Initiative (NGWI); Wine America, Others

NRSP 5; Northwest Grape Foundation Services, WSU, Prosser, WA;and Pome and Stone Fruit Diagnostic Project, WSU, Prosser, WA

Grape Quarantine Program - Cornell Univ., NY

Western Clean Plant Network for  Grapes 

Iowa State Univ.

Mid Atlantic Grape Consortium 

Grapevine Import, Certification, and Extension Programs – UMO and MSU

USDA/APHIS Beltsville, MD

Missouri Wines

Foundation for Plant Services (FPS) – Grape Program, UC Davis and Tree Program , UC Davis

SE Fruit Tree Consortium 

SE Budwood Program - Clemson Univ., SC

Texas A&M Univ.

WEST Regional Grape Clean Plant Network

EAST Regional Grape Clean Plant Network

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Plant Health Discuss Early NCPN goals - 2005Programs  Plant Safeguarding & Pest Identification

APHIS Alignment with NGWI Research Priorities Several, including ‘Quality’ and ‘Sustainability’

  • 1.2.1[Quality] - Establish a national network to provide growers with a broad range of disease free grape varieties, root stocks and clonal materials which have been evaluated for regional stability and quality attributes.

  • National Clean Plant Network

  • National Grape Registry

  • 1.2.2[Quality] - Preserve and utilize national grape germplasm stocks to develop and expand commercial accessions that meet regional industry cost and quality requirements, and eliminate production hurdles relating to pests/diseases and environmental stress.

  • 4.6.1[Sustainability] - Improve understanding of vine and pest/pathogen interactions in order to develop new and innovative detection and control methods that reduce costs and environmental impacts.