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SORGHUM E-Notes | May 4, 2018

SORGHUM E-Notes | May 4, 2018

SORGHUM E-Notes | May 4, 2018

The voice of the sorghum industry


NSP Remembers Bill Kubecka 
NSP celebrates the life and legacy left by Dr. Bill Kubecka. He was a champion in the sorghum industry and also inspired many who knew him. He was a natural leader who worked tirelessly to represent producers while serving on the NSP, USCP and U.S. Grains Council board of directors. He served as chairman of USCP and president of NSP during the 2002 Farm Bill debate, where he was instrumental in helping pass the landmark bill.

Bill devoted more than two decades of continuous excellence as a board member and countless years as an exceptional husband, father, producer and friend. His leadership is symbolic of the importance producers have in influencing policy and building relationships within our industry. He served sorghum during a time of significant changes and remained a great example for fellow board members and staff. More importantly, Bill taught us all the importance of serving each other.

Today, we say goodbye to a good friend and great man. We will forever be grateful for Bill and the lasting legacy he has left behind. NSP sends our thoughts and prayers to the entire Kubecka family. For more information on funeral services and memorial donations, click here.

U.S. Trade Delegation in Beijing 
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, trade representative Robert Lighthizer and policy adviser Peter Navarro arrived in China this week to discuss trade. Discussions have ended with both sides exchanging lists of demands. During these discussions, China announced they would actively consider information provided by U.S. firms on Beijing’s anti-dumping investigation on U.S. sorghum, sources at Reuters said.

NSP Meeting with Secretary Perdue
National Sorghum Producers Chairman Don Bloss along with past chairman James Born and board member Kendall Hodgson met with Secretary Sonny Perdue Wednesday in Washington, D.C. During the meeting NSP and Perdue discussed the industry wide difficulties from the 178.6 percent preliminary duties from China that went into effect on April 18.

Secretary Perdue had a very open and meaningful exchange regarding industry concerns and expressed his team’s goal to work with sorghum growers during this challenging time. After the meeting Secretary Perdue released the following statement on Twitter: “Chinese claim of ‘dumping’ of sorghum is not credible in the international grain market, which is about the freest market there is. U.S. producers are the most competitive in the world.” NSP looks forward to working with Secretary Perdue to find long-term solutions during these ongoing trade disputes.

International Trade Continues for Sorghum 
As trade with China remains closed, other countries continue to take sorghum shipments. Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Spain, Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have all taken sorghum shipments. Columbia, South Africa and Taiwan have also committed to purchase.

RFS Meeting Set for Next Week 
President Trump and Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) will meet next week to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard. This will be the seventh, and potentially last, meeting on U.S. biofuel policy.

NAFTA Deal Coming Soon
NAFTA negotiations have made significant progress. However, the three countries have yet to come to an agreement on some of the more controversial topics like auto rules of origin, U.S. dairy market access and the U.S. proposal to include a sunset clause. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said he wants to see a deal in the next couple weeks. Lighthizer will be meeting with his Mexican counterpart to continue negotiations.

NSP Accepting Applications for Board Directors 
National Sorghum Producers is accepting applications from candidates who wish to serve on the board of directors. Candidates for the board must be a member of the National Sorghum Producers and have a passion for working on behalf of sorghum growers through lobbying and fundraising activities. The NSP board is not limited to growers, and there is no experience necessary to apply. If you have a desire to improve the sorghum industry through one of the four available leadership positions, NSP encourages you to apply. Applications are available at and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST on May 11, 2018. Contact Debra Lloyd at 806-749-3478 if you have any questions.

Crop Update
By April 29, 26 percent of this year’s sorghum crop was planted, one percentage point behind last year and even with the 5-year average. Planting was most active in Arkansas, where progress advanced 16 percentage points during the week to reach 25 percent. Texas reached 81 percent, Louisiana  45 percent and Oklahoma reached 13 percent.

Sorghum in the Spotlight: 
China Offers to Increase U.S. Imports, Cut Tariffs on Some Products: Sources – Reuters
Forage Considerations When it’s Slim Pickings – High Plains Journal
Forage Sorghum Acreage On The Rise – KGNC
Marshall Trying to Help Sorghum Situation – Salina Journal
Ship Carrying U.S. Sorghum to China Switches Route to South Korea: Eikon Data – Reuters

Upcoming Sorghum Events
May 11          NSP Board Applications Due
June 5          Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board of Directors Meeting

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.

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.