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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 and prepare participants interested in pursuing leadership roles within the sorghum industry.
  • Expose participants to and educate them about the sorghum industry

Program Eligibility

Participants must be farmers actively engaged in sorghum production.

Time Commitment and Schedule

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.

September 2018 – Texas High Plains – Introduction, seed industry, basic and applied research
November 2018 – Kansas –  Public research, domestic markets
February 2019 – Washington, D.C. – Government’s role in sorghum, checkoffs, stakeholder groups
August 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana – Port operations, international marketing, next generation biofuels
December 2019 – Sorghum Checkoff Board Meeting – Lubbock, Texas – Sorghum Checkoff board operations, graduation

Program Expenses

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

Leadership Sorghum Class III 

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.