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Leadership Sorghum





About Leadership Sorghum

The Sorghum Checkoff is working to develop the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry with its Leadership Sorghum program.

Throughout the program, Leadership Sorghum class members will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic research to international marketing. Through both hands-on and classroom style education, participants will gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. The program also provides professional development training and networking opportunities.

Program Mission

Leadership Sorghum seeks to develop the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry.

Program Objectives

  • Recruit new leadership.
  • Expose participants to and educate them about the sorghum industry

Program Eligibility

Participants must be farmers actively engaged in sorghum production.

Time Commitment

Leadership Sorghum will require five trips over 15 months, totaling 15 days. Applicants must agree to attend all sessions except in the case of family illness or emergency.

Program Expenses

USCP will cover expenses for travel, lodging and meals based on USDA per diem requirements.

Application & Selection Process

Prior to each Leadership Sorghum class, members must comply with the program’s eligibility standards (see above) and submit a completed application. The application process is opened prior to the beginning of each Leadership Sorghum class. The applicant must complete the online application and have the two references of their choice submit reference forms on behalf of the applicant. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make sure their references submit their forms prior to the application deadline.

Following the application deadline for each Leadership Sorghum class, all completed and eligible applications and reference forms will be reviewed by a selection committee. The selection committee will then determine the 15 members of the next Leadership Sorghum Class.

Leadership Sorghum Class III

Class III – Back Row (left to right): Delbert Ficke, Jeffery Mai, Heath Herring, William Spiegel, Gary Mach; Middle row (left to right): Ted Bannister, Joe Krippner, Zachary Rendel, Ethan Miller, Daniel Riffel; Front Row (left to right): Craig Meeker, Mark Scott, Allen Hensley, Chad Haden, Zachary Simon

Please visit the Sorghum Checkoff’s webpage to learn more about the Leadership Sorghum program.