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Sorghum Notes | February 2, 2017

Sorghum Notes | February 2, 2017








National Sorghum Producers
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Sorghum e-Notes | Feb. 2, 2017





NSP Awards Chairman Roberts
National Sorghum Producers awarded Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) the organization’s 2017 Congressional Award in recognition of his long-running work representing the U.S. Sorghum Belt. Sen. Roberts serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition and Forestry and is the first member of Congress to have chaired this committee and the House Committee on Agriculture. He represented the Big First District, the largest sorghum-producing Congressional district in the country, for 16 years before his election to the Senate in 1996. “Senator Roberts is a formidable champion for U.S. farmers,” said Don Bloss, NSP chairman from Pawnee City, Nebraska. “We appreciate his advocacy, expertise and wit in crafting farm policy that keeps U.S. agriculture competitive in an ever-evolving global marketplace.” Read NSP’s full press release here.




Photos courtesy of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry




NSP Conducts Annual DC Fly-In
National Sorghum Producers conducted its annual D.C. Fly-In this week with sorghum growers and industry professionals representing the sorghum industry in Washington, D.C. This year’s representatives of the sorghum industry carried the message of the devastating impact of the sugarcane aphid on the Sorghum Belt, the importance of supporting renewable fuels and sorghum research projects as well as various other topics related to the farm bill and the farm economy.  

NSP Signs Letter in Support of Sonny Perdue
The National Sorghum Producers joined more than 600 associations and companies on a letter in support of former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture. In addition to living and working in agriculture, Gov. Perdue also worked as a practicing veterinarian and served in the U.S. Air Force. According to the letter, “As the former governor of a state that produces billions of dollars in food, fiber, specialty crops, nursery crops, dairy products, poultry, and livestock each year, Gov. Perdue understands the critical role of feeding our country and the world.” Read the full letter here.

NSP Joins Ag Groups in Support U.S. Food Aid
National Sorghum Producers and 10 other commodity groups signed a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to prioritize the use of American-grown in-kind commodity contributions through U.S. international food assistance programs. The U.S. provides in-kind donations of American-grown commodities through U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Agency for International Development programs and has done so for more than 60 years. The commodity groups indicated they look forward to working with the Trump Administration to maintain and strengthen the role U.S. farmers play in ensuring global food security. Read the full letter here.

EPA Nominee Advances through EWP Committee
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to favorably report the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, advancing his confirmation to the Senate floor. Earlier this week, Senate Democrats boycotted the vote, which caused delays in the proceeding. EPW Chairman John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) said he is confident the nominee would be confirmed. 

House Agriculture Committee sets Subcommittee Roster
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) released their subcommittee rosters for the 115th Congress.  Find below a list of the chairs and ranking members of the subcommittees. A full list is available here.

General Farm Commodities and Risk Management

  • Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01), Chair
  • Rep. Rick Nolan (MN-8), Ranking Member


  • Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-05), Chair
  • Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-2), Ranking Member

Commodity Exchange, Energy and Credit

  • Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08), Chair
  • Rep. David Scott (GA-13), Ranking Member 

Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research

  • Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13), Chair
  • Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-1), Ranking Member

Livestock and Foreign Agriculture

  • Rep. David Rouzer (NC-07), Chair
  • Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16), Ranking Member

Conservation and Forestry

  • Rep. Frank Lucas (OK-03), Chair
  • Rep. Marcia Fudge (OH-11), Ranking Member

Export Report
Exports continued to strengthen after the holiday break with China, Indonesia, Japan and Mexico committing to purchase 2.3 million bushels of U.S. sorghum. These sales bring total commitments to 128 million bushels or 51 percent of the USDA target, with 33 weeks left in the marketing year. Shipments were also very strong with China, Indonesia, Mexico and Nigeria purchasing 7.9 million bushels. Prices on the Gulf were firm.

Sorghum in the Spotlight:

Upcoming Sorghum Events 

Feb. 2              2017 K-State Sorghum School, Concordia, Kansas
Feb. 3              CANCELLED – 2017 K-State Sorghum School, Iola, Kansas
Feb. 8              Kansas Commodity Classic, Manhattan, Kansas
Feb.23-24         Agricultural Outlook Forum, Arlington, Virginia 
March 1-4          2017 Commodity Classic, San Antonio, Texas

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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Exports to China

Exports to China
Linda Li of Guangdong Jun Jie Agriculture Trading Co., Ltd., the largest importer of U.S. sorghum to China, talks about the value sorghum provides for Chinese feed mills and market drivers that continue to generate sorghum purchases.



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. 






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