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North Carolina SweetPotato Commission Foundation

In 2001, the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission Foundation was chartered as a 501 (c) 3 entity.  The charitable, research and educational activities conducted through grants and gifts benefit North Carolina’s sweetpotato industry in the following ways—

  • Developing a clear understanding of consumers needs and expectations
  • Collaborating with researchers and developers for value-added products at the retail and foodservice levels
  • Seeking out opportunities with major food manufacturers to increase sweetpotato processing within the state
  • Improving retail marketing programs to boost sales during “Off Peak” seasons
  • Researching and applying for grant opportunities to fund projects that benefit the industry and consumers which includes  food safety, research as to the health benefits of sweetpotatoes,  market research and development, and development of economic models for farm profitability and sustainability
Grantors to the NCSPC Foundation include:

Copies of project reports and statistics available upon request.

Foundation Board of Directors Contact List

Kendall Hill, President

Tull Hill Farms

2264 Hugo Rd.

Kinston, NC 28501


Jerome Vick, Vice-President

Vick Farms

11124 Christian Road

Wilson, NC 27896



John C. Barnes, Secretary-Treasurer

Farm Pak/Barnes Farming Corp.

7840 Old Bailey Hwy

Spring Hope, NC 27882



Pender Sharp

Sharp Farms

5161 Hwy 581

Sims, NC  27880



George Wooten

Wayne E Bailey Produce Co.

PO Box 467

Chadbourn, NC 28431



Rob Hill

Tull Hill Farms

2264 Hugo Road

Kinston, NC  28501