The Potato Breeding and Selection Program at CSU focuses on developing potato cultivars adapted for the San Luis Valley and Northern Colorado potato growing regions. Colorado is the second largest production region of fresh potatoes in the US. Since 1975, there have been 34 potato cultivars released by the CSU potato breeding program representing several market classes including russets, reds, and specialty cultivars. Having potato growers involved in the evaluation and adoption processes is crucial to the success of a cultivar. The intern will examine the past and current processes and identify barriers growers face with trialing advanced selections and new cultivars in order to develop new protocols to overcome these barriers and increase grower involvement.