Laura Pickett Pottorff is the Director of Colorado Seed Programs, providing leadership and oversight of the Managers of Seed Certification, Agronomy Foundation Seed, and the Colorado Seed Lab.
Laura comes to the position from the Colorado Department of Agriculture where she oversaw the Plant Health and Certification Section, Plant Industry Division. She has experience with program management and leadership of industrial hemp, export, organic, nursery and seed programs, including inspection, pest and disease-free certification of agricultural and horticultural crops, and implementation of quarantines to protect Colorado agriculture and landscapes. With a background in integrated pest management and plant disease diagnostics she has also worked in the State University Extension system in Colorado and Oklahoma. Laura was raised in Denver and received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Botany and Plant Pathology from Colorado State University.