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Working Tirelessly to Advance the Industry

National Sorghum Producers (NSP) was founded by producers who wanted to make an impact on the industry. The organization has done exactly that ever since, working tirelessly to create legislative and regulatory change for a more profitable, diverse and competitive sorghum industry.

Key Figures

2018 NSP Wins

  • Ending The China Case

    Ending the China investigations into U.S. sorghum and the initial tariff mitigated $523,000,000 in tariffs in 2018.

  • PLC

    The $3.95 reference price secured in the farm safety net has brought approximately $286,000,000 to sorghum producers in 2018.

  • CARB Fix

    When the readopted California Low Carbon Fuel Standard takes effect in January 2019, sorghum ethanol will score similar to that of corn ethanol, giving sorghum producers a $60,000,000 victory in a key environmental market starting in 2019.

  • Sorghum Oil Pathway

    In July, EPA approved sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard, giving ethanol plants access to sell into the biodiesel market. This pathway provided a $1,600,000 higher value for sorghum starting in mid-2018.

  • MFP Payments

    Sorghum Producers will receive $0.86 per bushel in the trade payments totaling roughly $313,000,000.

  • Education

    National Sorghum Producers secured approximately $135,000 in USDA grants to provide risk management education to sorghum growers.

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Featured Advancements Throughout The Years

  • Sorghum Added to Nation’s Farm Program
  • Development of Greenbug Resistant Varieties
  • Loan Rates Equalized, Bringing $197.2 Million
  • New Farm Bill Program to Assist Ethanol Plants Brings $53.2 Million, Plus $67.9 Million in Indemnities
  • Started the United Sorghum Checkoff Program
  • Reference Price Raised, Earning an Additional $275.6 Million
Our Impact

Timeline of Key Advancements

  • 2018

    The Environmental Protection Agency approved the production of  advanced biofuels using sorghum oil extracted at ethanol plants.


    After three years of NSP working with stakeholders, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced favorable policy changes worth $30 million per year for sorghum farmers.

  • 2018

    USDA implemented the Market Facilitation Program to account for lost profits due to regulatory tariffs on US exports, with an estimated $306 million going to the sorghum industry.

  • 2014

    Reference price for sorghum was raised to $3.95 per bushel in the Farm Bill, earning an additional $275.6 million for sorghum farmers.

  • 2013

    NSP worked to obtain multiple-state Section 18 approvals for the use of Transform to treat sugarcane aphids.

  • 2012

    Sorghum ethanol named as an advanced biofuel.

  • 2010

    The 2008 changes in the Farm Bill for crop insurance price election went into effect leading to $67.9 million in indemnities for sorghum farmers.

  • 2008

    9005 program was added in the Farm Bill to assist sorghum ethanol plants, which brought $53.2 million to the sorghum industry.


    NSP started the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

  • 2007

    NSP released the first edition of the Sorghum Grower magazine in February.


    NSP restructured the Board of Directors to be a national board comprised of 9-11 appointed members, rather than representatives from every sorghum-producing state.

  • 2006

    Sustainable Crop Insurance Services was started.

  • 2005

    NGSPA changed their name to National Sorghum Producers association (NSP).

  • 2002

    Charles Stenholm and Larry Combest worked closely with NGSPA through the Farm Bill to equalize loan rates, which meant $197.2 million to the sorghum industry.

  • 1999

    NGSPA moved to Lubbock from Abernathy.

  • 1998

    Tim Lust appointed fourth Executive Director.

  • 1996

    First Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America (SICNA).


    First large-scale shipment of food-grade sorghum to Botswana.

  • 1993

    Dan Shaw with World Perspectives was hired as the first lobbyist for sorghum.

  • 1990

    Jack Eberspacher started on NGSPA Board and concentrated in three primary areas: policy, science and utilization.


    Corporate Partner Program began.

  • 1987

    First Sorghum Leadership Class (now Syngenta’s Leadership Training).

  • 1970

    NGSPA began to work closely with industry experts, including Bruce Maunder, on greenbug resistant varieties of sorghum.

  • 1958

    First cooperator contract: Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act.


    NGSPA, in conjunction with Corn Growers, formed the first Grains Council in Amarillo.

  • 1957

    Bill Nelson was hired as Executive Director.

  • 1956

    First legislative victory occurred when grain sorghum was included in the nation’s farm program.

  • 1955

    National Grain Sorghum Producers Association (NGSP) formed by:  Reagan Peeler, J.C. Gilbreath, Bill Lane, J.L. Jackson, and Bob Francy.