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Sorghum Blog

Jun 8

Weather Woes, Farmers Debate Next Move

Mother Nature has turned loose amazing rains on West Texas. Records have been broken. Fields have standing water. Playas are full. And farmers, experiencing a new extreme opposite conditions in 2011, are left debating their next move. As farmers in the heart the of the Cotton Belt face the reality that many fields may or […]


Mar 18

Happy National Ag Day from the desk of the CEO

Agricultural awareness is an immense issue facing Americans today. In fact, less than two percent of the American population lives on a farm or ranch. Today, more than a third of U.S. farmers are at least 65 years old or older, half of which are expected to retire within the next decade, according to USDA. […]


Aug 22

The Value of a Farm Family (far more than dollars and cents)

For Mark, the middle generation son in this farming family, it was a dubious beginning for what should’ve been a major step on the road to a more certain future. As he put it, “All of us want the operation to continue; we just don’t know how to start or who can help.” It wasn’t […]


Apr 29

Dividing Ownership Among Children

Not unlike every other important conversation between spouses, succession will have its ‘Venus and Mars’ moments. One spouse will rationalize feelings, basing arguments on emotions rather than reason. The other will fall back on objective measures and past history, often holding steadfast to a clear set of facts and refusing to budge. As often happens […]


Apr 9

What’s in the new farm bill and how does sorghum fit in?

There are many new provisions in the Agriculture Act of 2014, and National Sorghum Producers is working hard to make sure these provisions are implemented in a way that helps the sorghum farmer. NSP has developed implementation committees for several different titles of the farm bill and is working collaboratively with USDA through the rule-writing […]


Feb 28

Commodity Classic 2014: General Session

Thousands of exhibitors and attendees gathered this morning in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2014 Commodity Classic General Session. As a kind of wrap-up to the week, this year’s General Session featured both new and familiar faces. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, delivering the keynote address, spoke to the assembly about the new farm bill […]


Feb 28

Commodity Classic 2014: Sorghum General Session

Approximately 125 producers, end-users and industry partners gathered this morning to hear presentations on issues impacting the sorghum industry during NSP’s annual Sorghum General Session at Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas. Organizational leadership addressed the crowd first on the direction of sorghum, its place among other major commodities, and what the future holds for […]


Dec 19

New Year’s Resolution Time

New Year’s Resolution Time Hang up your work boots and move on to the next vocation in your professional life, retire to a cabin in the woods, take up residence on your boat, or spend time with grandkids? Most people romanticize about retirement; at times it sounds like the reward at the end of a […]


Oct 30

Basis Basics

This post is a rerun of the article “Basis Basics” that appeared in the fall 2012 issue of Sorghum Grower magazine.  Dr. G.A. “Art” Barnaby, risk management extension specialist at Kansas State University, answers your questions about grain sorghum basis basics. What is basis? Basis is calculated by subtracting the nearby futures price from the […]


Sep 17

VIDEO: NSP Membership and Programs Serve the Sorghum Industry

The National Sorghum Producers is a commodity organization dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through advocacy and leadership. By leading legislative and regulatory change through effective policy and relationships, NSP aims for a more profitable, diverse and competitive sorghum industry. NSP services a variety of membership programs to better serve the sorghum industry. This video […]