Potato Growers Association
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Seed potato certification in Colorado is voluntary. Growers commit to Colorado's Rules and Regulations for Certification of Seed Potatoes and a diligent inspection regiment.
Colorado has grown potatoes for nearly 150 years. Today, the state is one of the top production areas in the US, raising over 59,000 acres of high quality potatoes annually. All but 4,000 acres of the state's potatoes are grown in the San Luis Valley, and 15,000 acres apply for certification each year.
THE RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR COLORADO CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES, AS INCORPORATED HEREIN, HAVE BEEN PROMULGATED BY THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE CSU SYSTEM PURSUANT TO LEGISLATION ENACTED BY THE COLORADO GENERAL ASSEMBLY, AS INCORPORATED IN SESSION LAWS, 1929, CHAPTER 59, PAGE 188, AND SESSION LAWS, 1933, CHAPTER 25, PAGE 173. SINCE THE USE, CROP, YIELDS, OR QUALITY OF CERTIFIED SEED POTATOES IS BEYOND THE CONTROL OF THE PRODUCER, THE SELLER, THE INSPECTOR, THE COLORADO POTATO GROWERS’ ASSN., INC. OR THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE CSU SYSTEM, NO WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING MERCHANTABILITY, WHICH EXTENDS BEYOND THE DESCRIPTION ON TAG OR BULK CERTIFICATE IS MADE CONCERNING THE PERFORMANCE OR QUALITY OF THESE SEED POTATOES. BY ACCEPTANCE OF THESE SEED POTATOES, BUYER EXPRESSLY AGREES THAT ITS EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR BREACH OF ANY WARRANTY SHALL BE LIMITED IN ALL EVENTS TO A RETURN OF THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE SEED.
“By law and purpose, the Colorado State University Cooperative Extension Service is dedicated to serve all people on an equal and nondiscriminatory basis.”
Dr. Jessica Chitwood-Brown, the CSU potato breeding program leader, is reinvigorating growers with her plans to advance practices and develop new varieties. She intends to implement the use of molecular breeding tools to facilitate the development of improved potato varieties, a science that has brought other North American breeders success.
The CSU potato breeding program has released 28 potato cultivars, including five clonal selections, since the '70s. The program in cooperation with other agencies has released 19 potato cultivars. Four selections are currently waiting for naming and final release.