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In 1995 the NC General Assembly passed a bill designating the sweet potato as the state vegetable. It was done not because the legislators admired its versatility or its tastiness, but because of the persistence of a Wilson fourth grade teacher and her students. Shaffer recounts how Celia Batchelor and her fourth grade class at Wilson's Elvie Street School began a campaign in 1993 to make the sweet potato the state vegetable. It was not without opposition from newspapers and the Legislature, but persistence won out.
Local and community preservation in recent years have been hard pressed for funding, given federal budget cuts. The major recourse for funding then has become special appropriations bills in the North Carolina General Assembly.