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Sorghum Notes | June 1, 2017

Sorghum Notes | June 1, 2017

June 1, 2017

the voice of the sorghum industry

Senator Thune Introduces ARC Legislation

Senator John Thune (R-SD) has introduced legislation intended to improve the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) Program. In an attempt to fix the county disparity issue present in ARC, Senator Thune is proposing that all ARC County payments be calculated using the payment rate for the county in which the land is physically located. Currently, ARC participants with farms in multiple counties may choose to receive the payment rate for the county in which the land is physically located or the payment rate of the administrative county.

Senator Thune’s proposal would also require a mandatory base reallocation determined by planted and considered planted acres on a farm for the years 2014-2017. Past efforts to force a mandatory base update have been rejected as an assault on the planting flexibility that was first created under the 1996 Farm Bill and maintained ever since. Read Senator Thune’s entire ARC proposal here.

Farm Bill Rules Not Subject to Two-for-One Executive Order

When the 2018 Farm Bill is written, it will not be subject to President Trump’s executive order mandating that for every new regulation created, two others must be repealed. According to Rebeckah Adcock, senior policy advisor at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, statutory regulations generally will not be subject to the offset. Read more about the impact of the executive order on the next farm bill here.

NSP Hires New Communications Director

National Sorghum Producers recently hired Mollie Dykes to the communications director position on its staff. Dykes will provide a broad range of public relations and marketing communications support to the organization and will serve as associate editor for Sorghum Grower magazine. Dykes joins NSP with several years of experience in social media management and public relations working for Arkansas Farm Bureau. She also coordinated the Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program and worked in marketing for HungerU. Prior to that, Dykes was a National Collegiate Agriculture Ambassador along with other valuable leadership experiences. Dykes’ first day with the organization is June 12.

NSP Welcomes Bish Enterprises an Industry Partner

National Sorghum Producers welcomes Bish Enterprises to the NSP Industry Partner Program as a Bronze Level sponsor. Bish Enterprises markets the newly designed Bish SuperCrop® sorghum header, created specifically to accommodate the needs of sorghum farmers and harvesters. Designed to pick up sorghum that is down, The Bish SuperCrop® sorghum header simultaneously harvests standing sorghum, leaving a minimum of 15-inch stubble in the field in both conditions. The versatility of this header does not limit its usability to one crop, and it demonstrates excellent yield intake for sorghum and a variety of other row crops. For more information on the NSP Industry Partner Program, contact NSP Development Director Shelley Heinrich at 806-749-3478.

Celebrate Sorghum this June

Sorghum is the Whole Grains Council’s June Whole Grain of the Month! Have you cooked with sorghum yet? This healthy whole grain is reinventing mealtime in homes and restaurants across America. New York TimesWashington Postthe James Beard Foundation, and TODAY all named sorghum a 2017 food trend, and for good reason. The ancient grain is a nutritious way to push the creative envelope in the kitchen. The Sorghum Checkoff will be sharing sorghum’s health benefits, cooking tips and recipes all month long. Learn more at

Crop Update

Producers had planted 44 percent of this year’s sorghum by week’s end, slightly ahead of last year but 5 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Progress in the leading sorghum producing state of Kansas remained behind schedule, with 11 percent planted by May 28, twelve percentage points behind the 5-year average. Texas Sorghum appears to be doing well despite dry conditions in some regions. The Coastal Bend and South Texas regions received beneficial amounts of rain with harvest approaching in some areas soon.

Sorghum in the Spotlight:

Sorghum may be poised for a rally and shift to more food uses – Agri-Pulse
NSP Hires New Communications Director – KTIC Radio
EU Team Explores Sorghum Food Use – KTIC Radio
Ethanol Producers Must Engage in Upcoming Farm Bill Debate – Ethanol Producer Magazine
Grain Sorghum could be good choice for producers –
Oklahoma sorghum growers facing decisions about their crop – OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Upcoming Sorghum Events

June 3-6             Texas Seed Trade Association Annual Meeting, Galveston, Texas
June 5-8             Sorghum Direct Sales Mission to Mexico
June 9                McLennan County Row Crop Tour, Waco, Texas
June 16              McLennan County Row Crop Tour-Westside, Crawford, Texas
June 19-30         China Trade Team to Texas and Kansas

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

“Who sows virtue reaps honor.”
-Leonardo da Vinci