2/2/2018 Colorado Department of Agriculture Begins Search for Plant Industry Division Director

February 2, 2018
Contact:    Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
Colorado Department of Agriculture Begins Search for Plant Industry Division Director
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – The Colorado Department of Agriculture has begun a statewide search for its next Plant Industry Division Director.  Mitch Yergert, who has dedicated nearly 31 years of his career to CDA, has announced he will retire at the end of March 2018.
“From traditional agricultural industries such as wheat, corn, potatoes and nurseries to emerging crops like industrial hemp, this department has certainly seen a number of changes through the years.  The Plant Industry Division Director is responsible for the continuation and development of services that fit our changing agricultural climate,” said Commissioner of Agriculture, Don Brown.
The Plant Industry Division is comprised of a number of state and federal programs including seed and nursery registration and inspection; plant and plant product export certification; organic certification; hemp registration; inspection and seed certification; chemigation and agricultural chemical containment facility inspections; commercial and private pesticide applicator testing, licensing inspections and investigations; restricted use pesticide dealer licensing and inspections; and pesticide product registration, inspection and enforcement. The division also develops and enforces quarantines to prevent or minimize the threat of exotic pests to the agricultural and horticultural industries of the state and monitors exotic pests through trapping and other means.
The primary responsibilities of the division director include
  • Create the division strategic plan by developing program performance measures and reporting on how programs activities, grants and outcomes measure up to these standards.
  • Provide leadership and serve as the official state government cooperator and liaison at meetings involving federal, state, and local government.
  • Represent the Department in industry meetings, prepares and holds public hearings related to Division issues, holds hearings on licensing and regulatory violations and renders decisions as appropriate.
  • Administers and enforces laws and regulations to protect agricultural industry and consumers, facilitate trade and monitor exotic pests.
The deadline to apply for this position is February 13, 2018. Additional information including the full job description, minimum qualifications, and application forms can be found at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/colorado/jobs/1970498/cda-plant-industry-division-director.