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Forcasters Predict Sweet Potato Boom

By Roderick McClain

04-13-11 –

Since 1960 sweet potato production has tripled in North Carolina. As farmers plan for the summer growing season, USDA forecasters predict more potatoes.

The state's 350 sweet potato growers are gearing up for growing season as export demands are rising. Sue Langdon works with the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission. She says two circumstances are responsible for increasing demands for sweet potatoes.

"We've seen a rise in the retail supermarket in the fact that they ate something they like and they want to try it at home. The second reason our sweet potato growers are increasing their acreage is due to the export market, the international market."

Langdon says the sweet potato has recently increased its presence in Great Britain and Western Europe. Stateside, North Carolina generates more than 40-percent of the County's sweet potato production.

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