Seth Urbanowitz is an area agronomist with CSU Extension covering Mesa, Delta, Montrose and Ouray Counties. He is currently working with growers on issues related to nutrient cycling and fertility, irrigation management, small grain trials and drybeans. He collaborates with public and private partners, along with CSU research farms and other Extension colleagues to support the agricultural community and solve problems.
He has worked as an agronomist with a farmers’ cooperative in Oregon, as an extension educator in Nevada and on a research farm in South Dakota. He has experience in a variety of specialty and agronomic crop production systems.
He has an MS in plant science from South Dakota State, an MS in education from University of Tennessee and a BS in agribusiness economics from Southern Illinois University.
Seth Urbanowitz, Area Agronomist
Produce Safety and FSMA On-Farm Readiness Review
The Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is influencing how fresh produce is grown. Compliance dates, for the majority of the rule, went into effect in 2018 for larger farms and will go into effect in 2019 for small farms and 2020 for very small farms.
CSU is partnering with Colorado Department of Agriculture – CDA (The local regulatory authority) to conduct non-regulatory “on-farm readiness reviews” to discuss the rule and general produce safety on farms in all of Colorado. If you would like to schedule a free review, contact Cristy Dice at CDA at email@example.com or Seth Urbanowitz at the Delta Extension office 970-874-2195.
HEMP Growth and the Risks Involved
Hemp is a crop which has been increasing in popularity in our area over the last couple of years. The following press release outlines the risks associated with producing hemp. This information was developed by the CSU Extension Agriculture & Business Management (ABM) Team.
Any questions regarding the content of the press release should be directed to ABM Team members, Jeff Tranel, Jenny Beiermann, or Brent Young.
Additional HEMP info can be found in the links below:
- COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Plant Industry Division Rules Pertaining to the Administration and Enforcement of the Industrial Hemp Regulatory Program Act
- Current Impacts of Outdoor Growth of Cannabis in CO 0.308
Tri River Area Agronomist Seth Urbanowitz will be partnering with seed companies and a local farm to conduct an Onion Variety Trial. If you would like to recommend onion varieties that can be planted on a commercial scale or talk about the trial, please contact the Delta Extension office at 970-874-2195.