3/27/2018 Commissioner Brown Announces Sinning as Director of Plant Industry Division

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2018
Contact:    Christi Lightcap, (303) 869-9005, Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us
 
Commissioner Brown Announces Sinning as Director of Plant Industry Division
 
BROOMFIELD, Colo. – Duane Sinning, currently CDA’s Assistant Director of the Plant Industry Division, will be taking the helm of the section as its Division Director.  The vacancy was created when Mitch Yergert announced his retirement from CDA after nearly 31 years of service. Sinning assumes his new role on April 1, 2018.
 
“Duane has served this agency and Colorado’s agricultural community well over the years; his leadership ability has been apparent with our staff. Duane’s career has been focused on furthering plant and seed development and I’m confident that his dedication to agriculture will help his successfully transition into his new role,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown.
 
Sinning joined CDA in 2014 as the Assistant Director of the Plant Industry Division where his duties include enforcing statues and rules for numerous agricultural programs such as nursery, seed, phytosanitary, and organic. He has also spearheaded the development of the rules and implementation of Colorado’s Industrial Hemp program. This position also required a number of supervisory responsibilities and supporting the division’s strategic goals.
 
Before joining CDA, Sinning worked in private industry where his roles included oversight and maintenance of variety (seed) lines in traditional and GMO breeding programs, risk mitigation and isolation for compliance, variety evaluation, product positioning, staffing, budgeting, and business development. His career has also spanned Iowa, where he was a nursery farm manager, Michigan, where he managed the operations for a national horticultural company, and then to Colorado where he was a senior sales consultant to the greenhouse industry. His career also took him overseas when he joined an international ornamental plant breeding company headquartered in Germany in 2001 as the North Americana Vice President of Sales and Marketing tasked with overseeing plant breeding projects, product selection, expanding their market presence and improving distribution operations. Sinning is a graduate of South Dakota State University with Bachelor Degrees in Agricultural Business- Horticulture, and Commercial Economics. 
 
“This is an exciting time in my career. I have dedicated my life to furthering agriculture and horticulture because we have the ability to put food on everyone’s plate and improve quality of life. I look forward to working with our farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to making sure everyone has a reliable source of food and access to a healthy meal,” said Duane Sinning, CDA’s Plant Industry Division Director.
 
The Plant Industry Division is comprised of a number of state and federal programs including seed and nursery registration; plant and plant product export certification; organic certification; hemp registration; commercial and private pesticide applicator testing and licensing; restricted use pesticide dealer licensing; pesticide product registration, and the inspections and enforcement necessary to support those programs. 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.
 
For more on the Colorado Department of Agriculture, visit www.colorado.gov/ag.
 
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Editor’s Note: For an interview with Duane Sinning or photo, contact Christi Lightcap at Christi.Lightcap@state.co.us or call (303) 869-9005.