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MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008

CONTACT:

Ron Fish, assistant director for agribusiness development
NCDA&CS Marketing Division

(919) 733-7887, ext. 219

Troxler to speak Wednesday at ribbon-cutting
for sweet potato processing facility in Snow Hill

WHO/WHAT: Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be the featured speaker at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for YamCo’s sweet potato processing facility.
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: YamCo, 310 Kingold Blvd., Snow Hill
WHY:

YamCo has a patented licensing agreement with researchers from N.C. State University for advanced processing of sweet potatoes. YamCo produces sweet potato puree that doesn’t need refrigeration, making it more appealing to various sectors of the foodservice industry. Target markets include the U.S. military, baby food manufacturers, United Nations food programs and retailers/wholesalers.

The facility will help to expand the market for N.C. sweet potatoes. As demand for YamCo’s products grows, it could create more opportunities for N.C. sweet potato growers. The company’s success could lead to higher sweet potato acreage in the state.

OTHER INFO:

YamCo was founded by seven N.C. sweet potato farmers. The facility will process and package sweet potatoes for the foodservice industry. The company is making a $6 million investment and creating up to 63 jobs within three years.

North Carolina is the nation’s leading sweet potato producer, accounting for 43 percent of U.S. production.

The YamCo processing facility was the result of a cooperative effort between Greene County, the town of Snow Hill, N.C. Eastern Region, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, N.C. Department of Commerce, N.C. State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Golden LEAF Foundation, N.C. Rural Center, N.C. Sweet Potato Commission and Progress Energy.

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NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 733-4216; FAX: (919) 733-5047

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