About Colorado Certified Seed Potato Growers’ Association (CCPGA)

CCPGA Mission Statement:

Colorado Certified Seed Potato Growers’ Association supports all efforts to produce the highest quality seed and sustain the profitability of Colorado’s certified seed potato industry.

About CCPGA:

CCPGA is an association of certified seed potato growers that is over sixty years old.  Membership is made up of seed potato growers that enter seed potatoes for certification by the state of Colorado and in any given year, pay the minimum fees necessary for certification of the crop. CCPGA has grown steadily over the years with increased profitability of grower members driven by the development of new, improved potato cultivars in all major categories, the adoption of new seed production technology, a better understanding of potato diseases and their management, and improved marketing strategies for seed sales.  A close relationship with Colorado State University, the organization mandated by state law to certify seed potatoes in Colorado, has been very beneficial to the CCPGA over the years.  Not only has CCPGA/University partnership helped provide new facilities for conducting seed potato certification, but this partnership has been instrumental in helping with cultivar development. The two entities have set up a program whereby the CCPGA takes ownership of all new cultivars produced from the CSU Cultivar Development Program, and is able to Federally protect (under Federal PVP) and market these cultivars exclusively for both members profit and for the generation of royalties to further support the potato research and breeding program efforts.  CCPGA is a viable, healthy organization that continues to grow and support diverse seed related activities.

CCPGA is incorporated as a Colorado non-profit corporation.  It has a nine-member Board of Directors elected from the membership plus two non-certified potato growers as active participants with a set of Bylaws governing its activities.  For decades, the cooperating partnership between CSU and CCPGA has been active in all facets related to seed potato certification.  CCPGA has positioned itself to initiate new business strategies, functioning independently, but in partnership with CSU.  Because of this re-organization between CSU and CCPGA, the Association has developed the capacity to take full advantage of any new opportunities for conducting related programs supportive of its mission statement and its goals as a seed organization.

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Current CCPGA Board of Directors

  • Brendon Rockey - President
  • Grant Mattive - Vice President
  • Kent Price - Secretary Treasurer
  • Bruce Heersink - Director
  • Miguel Diaz - Director
  • Patrick Brownell - Director
  • Amanda Wakasugi - Director
  • Lyla Davis  - CCPGA Manager

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.”

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