During mid- February, 2017, a group of 5 delegates from Pur Organic Products of Austria visited NC State's Campus. The delegates represent a portion of the organic root vegetable industry in Austria, supplying potatos, carrots, garlic, onions and additionally, a portion of their operation produces organic pure potato vodka to the local market. Currently Pur Organics has tested the addition of sweet potato to thier list of crops in production. Thier interest in improving sweet potato production has led them to the U.S. Sweet Potato capital and guided them to the horticultural experts available at NC State. The visit provided the delegates with both lectures and field visits to learn more about breeding, production, and processing.
Delegates meet with plant pathology and breeding experts at the NC State Micropropagation and Repository Unit to learn about North Carolina's Certified Seed program and the process of creating disease tested plants.
A visit to Robert and Wade Glover farms provides an in depth look at certified seed production and sweet potato storage.
Delegates visit Todd Glover farms to see sweet potato production equipment, storage techniques, processing and packing.
Visitors meet with post-harvest handling expert, Mike Boyette for discussion on effective sweet potato storage.
Delegates get first hand experience seeing modern sweet potato sorting and packing equipment and processes.