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Potatoes are great for those who need a gluten-free diet, as they are completely gluten-free! Here's a hearty recipe for a gluten-free meal: Gluten-free Shepherd's Pie




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Dear SLV Potato Growers:

We promised EPA to survey SLV Potato Growers as part of the EPA sponsored trial, “Reducing Pesticide Use in Potatoes By Use of Green Manure Crops, Sustainable Crop Rotations and Resistant Cultivars” by Merlin Dillon et. al.  We still do not have enough responses.  Please help us support the Colorado potato industry with applied research and outreach!  Share 10-15 minutes of your time by simply clicking this link: http://tinyurl.com/SLV-green-manure.  Deadline  extended to July 31.

The survey is part of evaluating the research trial.  Our researchers depend on ‘outside’ money to supplement CPAC research funding.  Help us meet our obligations and to continue receiving these valuable research grants.

The survey questions are the same as ones in 2009, designed to find changes in farming practices since then.  If some questions are difficult or time-consuming (such as total farm water use), leave it blank.  Please fill out the other questions on the survey.  The survey is being conducted by the CPAC, in cooperation with Colorado State University. The survey asks Potato Producers use of green manures and other conservation practices in potato production.

All respondents prior to July 31 are eligible for the $100 drawing.

 Growers can also pick up paper copies at CPAC.


2014 Essay/poster Contest Winners

High School Winner: 


Announcing our high school essay/poster contest winner, Chandlyr Dean from West Grand High School! CPAC surprised her at her school academic banquet yesterday and announced her the winner. She won $300 worth of gift cards and her teacher won $300 cash. Read her awards winning essay HERE!


Middle School Winner:


Meet Madaleine Boyles from Bill Reed Middle School! CPAC surprised her at her school pep assembly on May 9th and announced her the winnder in front of her peers and teachers. Like Chandlyr, she won $300 worth of gift cards and her teacher won $300 cash! Read her award winning essay HERE!  


The Agriculture Education Program's mission is to reconnect youth to agriculture through education and help them to see and understand that agriculture is sustainable, conservation minded and builds important interrelationships with the ecosystem and our culture. The vision of AEP is to promote agriculture through problem solving, critical thinking and hands-on experiences to the learner. CLICK HERE TO REQUEST THE K-12 EDUCATION CIRRICULUM.




 Antique Potato Equipment


Here is a picture of the antique potato equipment we have displayed in the yard at the CPAC office. A special thanks to Clyde Jones who generously donated the potato shaker to our growing display. We now have a planter,harvester, sorter, and shaker.                    


We are grateful to Jim Clare and the San Luis Valley Antique Iron club for their contributions to the impressive collection. It is nice to remember the old days but it sure helps you appreciate the modern equipment we have today.


  Beautiful Outside…Beautiful Inside

When we asked consumers  what images comes to mind when they think of Colorado, they answered …fresh…healthy…natural…beautiful…

The Majestic snow-covered peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains jut up 14,000 feet to surround the fertile plateau of the San Luis Valley. Here, at 7600 feet, in the highest and largest commercial agricultural valley in the world, the potato flourishes.
This ideal combination of location, climate, soil and practices produces potatoes that not only look good, but are good for you.   From our long-popular Russets to fast-growing specialties, potatoes grown in Colorado are known for their superior color,shape and, in some varieties, nutritional properties. The cool weather also contributes to the smoothness of the skin, while the Valley’s isolation helps eliminate pest and disease.  That’s not even mentioning the flavor that makes them a favorite in both homes and restaurants.  No other potato producing region can boast of this fortune of goods and geography!

Farmers began growing potatoes in Colorado's San Luis Valley about 1875, making it one of the oldest potato growing areas in the country. The Colorado Potato Administrative Committee, representing the area Colorado Potato Growers and Colorado Potato Shippers, recently adopted a new theme line to reflect: its reputation   QUALITY AT ITS PEAK.