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Sorghum Notes | August 17, 2017

Sorghum Notes | August 17, 2017

August 10, 2017

the voice of the sorghum industry

First Round of NAFTA Negotiations Begin 
Trade representatives from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are in D.C. this week for the first round of renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. The second round is scheduled for early September in Mexico. The countries are hoping to wrap up talks by early next year. Key issues negotiators will be discussing include rules of origin, dispute resolution, supply management, currency manipulation and government procurement.

On Wednesday, the largest agricultural organizations in the U.S., Canada and Mexico sent a
joint letter to the countries’ chief negotiators. “Agriculture in each NAFTA country would suffer
greatly from disruptions to the trading relationships that have developed over the last 23 years,” the letter said. The letter continued, “Discussions to increase agricultural trade volumes should include the following:
1. Seeking increase and improved regulatory alignment
2. Improving the flow of goods at border crossings
3. Further alignment of sanitary and phytosanitary measures
4. Elimination of technical barriers to trade
5. Adapting the agreement to technological advances since the implementation, such as
digital trade, etc.”

Sugarcane Aphid Update
The sugarcane aphid has started to appear in very low numbers across southern Kansas and the Texas Panhandle. The numbers remain low, especially as you move further north. The map below shows where the sugarcane aphid has appeared this year. Click here to see an interactive version of the map and tips for sugarcane aphid management.

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NSP Board Re-elects Officers and Members
The National Sorghum Producers board of directors elected officers and re-appointed three individuals to the board last week during its annual August board meeting.

NSP board member Don Bloss of Pawnee City, Nebraska, was re-elected chairman and board member Dan Atkisson of Stockton, Kansas, was re-elected vice chairman. Kendall Hodgson of Little River, Kansas, was elected treasurer.

Additionally, Atkisson, Larry Dahlsten of Lindsborg, Kansas, and Tom Willis of Liberal, Kansas, were all re-elected to three-year terms on the board.

“These three gentlemen have been a huge asset to the NSP board of directors, each bringing in a wealth of leadership and knowledge,” Bloss said. “We look forward to their continued leadership in moving the sorghum industry forward.”

Changes to the NSP board of directors are effective October 1, 2017.

Papa John’s Pizza Introduces Gluten-Free Crust Made with Sorghum Flour
Papa John’s Pizza, the national chain that stands by the motto ‘Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.’ has introduced their gluten-free crust with sorghum flour being listed as the main ingredient. Beta testing on the product has been completed, and the crust is now available nationwide. This comes only months after another popular national chain, Chick-fil-A, introduced a gluten-free bun made with ground sorghum, quinoa and aramanth. The sorghum industry is excited to see these new additions and will continue working with other brands on the inclusion of sorghum. Read more about this new crust option here.

NSP-BASF Joint Scholarship Application Now Open
Applications for the National Sorghum Foundation-BASF Joint Scholarship are now open. The scholarship will include a tuition award for the 2018-2019 school year as well as cover recipients’ cost to attend the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agriculturally related curriculum. Students must be a child or grandchild of an NSP member, and undergraduates must be entering at least their second year of study by the 2018-2019 academic year.

Click here to download the application. For questions or to submit application materials, please contact Debra Lloyd at or 806-749-3478.

Crop Update
By August 13, three-quarters of the sorghum was at or beyond the heading stage, seven percentage points behind last year but slightly ahead of the five-year average. Nationally, 31 percent of the sorghum was at or beyond the coloring stage by week’s end, nine percentage points behind last year and 7 points behind the five-year average. With major progress limited to Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas, 21 percent of the sorghum was mature by week’s end—slightly behind last year and four percentage points behind the five-year average. Sorghum harvest continued in Texas with 51 percent complete, three percentage points ahead of the five-year average. Overall, 64 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, up three percentage points from last week but slightly lower than at the same time last year.

Director of Crop Testing Program at TAMU Retires
Dennis Pietsch, Director of Crop Testing Programs at Texas A&M, is retiring after 44 years of service. Dennis conducted a number of sorghum trials during his time at TAMU, thus contributing to the longevity of our industry. National Sorghum Producers thanks Dennis for his service and wishes him well in his retirement.

Calling all Century Farm Owners
If you own a Century Farm, we want to hear your story! Please email or call 800-658-9808.

Sorghum in the Spotlight:
Science and Sorghum – KGNC
Papa John’s Debuts Gluten-Free Pizza This Week – Blasting News
Your Crops are More Than a Commodity – High Plains Journal
Grain Sorghum Harvest – KBTX
Texas Crop Year Slowly Heads to Season’s End – Southwest Farm Press
Sorghum, Corn Can Co-Exist – Today’s Producer

Upcoming Sorghum Events
Aug. 20-23       MISE Conference, Atlanta, GA
Aug. 29            Randall County Crop Tour, Canyon, TX
Aug. 30            Rolling Plains Summer Crops Field Day – Chillicothe, TX
Sep. 4              Labor Day – NSP & USCP offices closed
Sept. 6            Sorghum Field Day – Mike Baker Farm, Trenton, NE
Sept. 7            Sorghum Field Day – John Dolnicek Farm, Lawrence, NE
Sept. 8            Sorghum Field Day – John Dvoracek Farm, Farwell, NE

For a full view of calendar events, visit the NSP website calendar.

Market News – To view this week’s Gulf export grain report, click here.

Sign Up to Receive the Sorghum Checkoff e-Newsletter
Sorghum producers can also receive monthly e-newsletters from the United Sorghum Checkoff Program. To receive monthly news and information regarding the Sorghum Checkoff’s efforts in sorghum research, education and market development, sign up here. You can also follow the Sorghum Checkoff on Twitter @SorghumCheckoff, on Facebook and Instagram @SorghumCheckoff.

About Sorghum Notes
Sorghum Notes is a publication of the National Sorghum Producers. NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry from coast to coast through education and legislative and regulatory representation.

Quote of the Week
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller