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Sorghum Notes | July 6, 2017

Sorghum Notes | July 6, 2017

July 6, 2017

the voice of the sorghum industry

Congress in 4th of July Recess this Week

Congress is in recess this week but will have a busy schedule when they reconvene Monday. The House will be working to finalize their budget resolution, which is expected to be revealed sometime next week, and Republicans will be continuing their work on tax reform.

During House budget negotiations last week, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway agreed to a cut to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The size of the cut is yet to be disclosed; however, Chairman Conaway stated the cut still offers “the flexibility it needs to craft a farm bill that works for all of our various stakeholders.” National Sorghum Producers will keep you updated as the budget plan develops.

The highly anticipated budget resolution is also key to passing tax reform during the 115th Congress. Once the budget resolution passes both the House and Senate, Republicans hope to use the budget reconciliation process to pass a tax reform bill, which will only require a majority vote from the Senate.

One tax benefit lawmakers have their eye on cutting is one that is extremely beneficial to farmers and ranchers – the deduction for interest expenses. However, House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) state that small businesses, which includes farms, will be exempt from this cut and will still be allowed to write off borrowing costs on land and interest expenses.

EPA Releases Biofuel Volumes for 2018

The Environmental Protection Agency released its proposed volumes for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard for 2018. The proposal would reduce its volume mandate for use of advanced biofuels but would keep the requirements for ethanol at the maximum level set under the law. The 2018 biofuel volume mandate would be 19.24 billion gallons, which is a reduction of 40 million gallons from the level set for 2017. Conventional ethanol, which includes sorghum, will not be affected as the EPA maintained the conventional blending requirement at the statutory level of 15 billion gallons. The petroleum production and refining industries will likely oppose the conventional requirement, so voicing support of this component of the proposal will be important. The EPA intends to issue the final rule by November 30, but is expected to announce comment opportunities soon.

Sorghum in the 21st Century Conference to Take Place in 2018

Plans are underway for an inaugural global sorghum conference where scientist and industry leaders from around the world will gather to discuss the many accomplishments and challenges of global sorghum production. The conference titled Sorghum in the 21st Century is planned to take place April 9-12, 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa. Attendance is anticipated to reach 500 with all major and minor sorghum-producing countries expected to be represented. The Sorghum Checkoff is represented on the international organizing committee and will participate in the conference to represent U.S. sorghum producers. More details on the conference will be shared as they develop at

Additional Farm Bill Listening Sessions Announced

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota) have announced three additional farm bill listening sessions, “The Next Farm Bill, Conversations in the Field.” These sessions, which will allow farmers, ranchers and other stakeholders to voice their input on the 2018 Farm Bill, are scheduled for July 31, 2017, in San Angelo, Texas; Aug 3, 2017, in Morgan, Minnesota; and August 5, 2017, in Modesto, California. Click here for more information.

Considering Re-plant Options?

Crop Update

In Kansas, sorghum conditions were rated 67 percent good and 4 percent excellent. Sorghum was 97 percent planted and 87 percent emerged. Headed was three percent, behind by 10 from last year, but equal to average. In Oklahoma, sorghum heading reached 10 percent, up two points from normal. Sorghum conditions rated 61 percent good and 1 percent excellent. By July 2, 10 percent of the crop was at the heading stage, a little behind last year, but slightly ahead of the five-year average.

In Texas, sorghum planting neared completion in the northern High Plains and harvest was underway in the Upper Gulf Coast and the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Conditions rated 44 percent good and 8 percent excellent. By July 2, 68 percent of the crop was at the heading stage, 8 percentage points ahead of last year and 10 points ahead of the five-year average.

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Sorghum in the Spotlight:

Forage Sorghum Proves Critical in Extreme WA Season – Farming Ahead
Seminar for Region Farmers with Contaminated Sorghum – The Chronicle
More Corn, Wheat in Storage than Beans, Sorghum, USDA says – Kearney Hub
ARPA-E and Other Issues Affecting Ag Policy – KGNC

Upcoming Sorghum Events  
July 6-8            TACC Annual Elevator Managers Meeting – Ruidoso, NM
July 15-19         Florida Food & Nutrition Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Aug. 1               NSP/BASF Scholarship Applications Open
Aug. 1-3            Leadership Sorghum Session, Houston, TX
Aug. 8-9            NSP Budget and Board Meeting, Wichita, KS
Aug. 20-23        MISE Conference, Atlanta, GA

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.

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 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
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– Leonardo Da Vinci