US seed potatoes are already distinct with their high quality, reputable growing techniques and certification process. It is with these factors the program has grown, and market share, in most target countries, has done the same. Participating growers are beginning to reap the rewards exporting has to offer, as they diversify their businesses and increase profit margins.
While building demand internationally, the USPB Seed Export Program seeks to increase grower involvement. Through a grant program, matching funds are available from the USPB to defer the initial costs of penetrating new markets. Export workshops are conducted to educate US growers about the process. US seed potato growers are welcome and encouraged to accompany USPB staff and consultants on market development missions to the markets. The USPB hopes more producers will take advantage of the research and resources available to continue building a strong seed industry and increase exports of US seed potatoes around the world.
The following strategies are used to achieve the overall goal of building demand for US seed exports:
- Identify new markets through research.
- Promote US seed exports via “spot sales”
- Market Development Program in Targeted Markets
- Continue market access efforts
- Grant program and communication efforts that encourages and assists grower participation in seed exports
- Encourage the creation of a seed export entity
Current Target Markets:
Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Egypt, Sub-Saharan Africa, the DR and Uruguay
Direct Dial: (303) 873-2334
USPB Potato Seed Web Site:
www.usseedpotatoes.com is a new website that serves as a resource tool for US seed potato producers. Information contained on this site includes:
- Market research
- Information about trade missions and variety trial data
- Existing phytosanitary issues
- Grant program regulations
- Export reference materials from the USPB.
The site is password-protected and available to US seed potato growers only.