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Sorghum Notes | July 7, 2016

Sorghum Notes | July 7, 2016



National Sorghum Producers
The voice of the sorghum industry

Sorghum e-Notes | July 7, 2016

Last Week to Comment on RFS
This week is the last chance for farmers to submit their comments on the Renewable Fuel Standard. The current public comment period ends on Monday, July 11, 2016. Once again, the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed 2017 renewable volume obligations are under Congressionally authorized levels. These levels are of particular importance to the sorghum industry as one-third of grain sorghum is currently used for ethanol production. Learn more or comment directly at

GM Labeling Advances in Senate
The Senate voted on Wednesday, July 6, to limit debate on the agriculture compromise on the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Debate on Wednesday included theatrics from a protestor in the Senate gallery who threw cash on the Senate floor while yelling out the names of agrochemical companies. A vote on final passage of the bill is expected by late tonight. The agreement, negotiated by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), would institute a national mandatory label for foods containing GM ingredients. One remaining concern is the precedent set by requiring mandatory disclosure of information that is not related to health and safety.

House Sets Feed the Future into Statute
On Wednesday, July 6, the House of Representatives set Feed the Future into statute by passing the Global Food Security Act. Feed the Future, designed to reduce global hunger and increase food security, includes partnerships with university researchers, including the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet at Kansas State University. While the program is designed to help reduce global hunger and increase food security, the research involved on challenges like drought hardiness and disease resistance may also benefit sorghum farmers in the United States.

The bill also authorized the Emergency Food Security Program, which allows for cash vouchers and regional procurement of international food aid. Legislators assured the legislation will not extend these rules to the Food for Peace program, through which U.S. commodities are sent as food aid to countries in need.  

Sorghum Checkoff Launches First Consumer Brand 
The Sorghum Checkoff announced the first consumer-facing brand, Sorghum Nature’s Super Grain, and the launch of The goal of the Sorghum Checkoff consumer branding efforts is to educate consumers about the wholesome goodness of sorghum and the endless possibilities it has to offer in a healthy diet. Serving as the premier source of information for consumers, and food and health professionals, the website will share information as it relates to what sorghum is and how it can be used. Key features of the website include a sorghum cooking-directions library, recipe catalog, nutritional information, and a list of chefs and restaurants using sorghum. Developed using modern-web technology, the website features clean, bold-imagery, rich content and was designed to provide a user-friendly experience. Plus, the website is mobile friendly, so recipes, cooking tips and more can be accessed anywhere users go as it is updated regularly.

Comment Today on Need for Atrazine, Propazine
Atrazine and propazine are under attack by the Environmental Protection Agency. Despite science-based regulations demonstrating the safety of these chemicals for more than 50 years, the EPA’s hyperactive regulatory machine threatens to render these important crop protection tools useless in controlling weeds on 90 percent of the acres in the U.S. Weigh in on how EPA’s draft Ecological Risk Assessments put farmers at an economic disadvantage and submit your own comments before October 4, 2016, at

Sorghum Shootout Website Launched
National Sorghum Producers and StollerUSA launched the Sorghum Shootout website this week. The program chronicles the intense management styles of three award-winning growers from Texas, Arkansas and Kansas. The site also provides a forum for sorghum growers across the country to be exposed to some of the best management practices needed to reach the highest yields in sorghum production year after year. Read updates on sorghum planting and emergence at

Sulfoxaflor Section 18 Granted for New Mexico
Sorghum growers in New Mexico have an additional option to fight the sugarcane aphid this year. The Environmental Protection Agency authorized the use of sulfoxaflor, the active ingredient in Transform, to control sugarcane aphids in New Mexico during the 2016 growing season. The addition of New Mexico brings the total of states receiving a Section 18 emergency use application for sulfoxaflor for 2016 to 14: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Visit to learn more.

Enter the 2016 NSP Yield Contest
Do not forget to enter the 2016 National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest! The contest provides sorghum farmers with the opportunity to showcase their sorghum crop, competing with farmers across the Sorghum Belt. Winners are recognized each year in conjunction with Commodity Classic. Visit to learn more about the prizes and these programs, read the updated 2016 NSP Yield Contest rules and enter your acres today!

Export Report
The U.S. Department of Agriculture delayed this week’s export report due to the July 4 federal holiday. Look for updated export values in next week’s Sorghum Notes.
Sorghum Crop Update
As of July 3, 2016, 29 percent of grain sorghum was at or beyond the heading stage, 6 percentage points ahead of last year and 5 points ahead of the five-year average. Arkansas and Louisiana observed weekly heading advances of more than 10 percentage points. Overall, 69 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, 2 percentage points better than at the same time last year.

Sorghum in the Spotlight:

Upcoming Sorghum Events
July 10-15        Mexico Ethanol Producers Trade Team in U.S.
July 16-19        International Food Technology Conference, Chicago, Illinois
July 23-26        Texas Seed Trade Association Meeting, Frisco, Texas
July 25-26        Ag Media Summit, St. Louis, Missouri

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.

Sign Up to Receive the Sorghum Checkoff e-Newsletter
Sorghum producers can also receive monthly e-newsletters from the United Sorghum Checkoff Program. To receive monthly news and information regarding the Sorghum Checkoff’s efforts in sorghum research, education and market development, sign up here. You can also follow the Sorghum Checkoff on Twitter @SorghumCheckoff.


Sorghum: America's Next Biofuel Crop

On June 3, 2016, the Sorghum Checkoff announced a $500,000 investment in sorghum research, made at the inaugural Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA) program field day hosted by the University of Arizona and the Advanced Research Projects Agency- Energy (ARPA-E) at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in Maricopa, Arizona.

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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