National Sorghum Producers Staff Committed
NSP Staff

Committed to Sorghum Growers

National Sorghum Producers (NSP) was founded by a group of growers and today, our staff remains committed to the best interests of such individuals.

NSP Staff

Meet the NSP Staff

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Tim Lust Chief Executive Officer show Bio close
"I enjoy working for producers and the opportunity to make changes to help growers— everything from farm policy to new genetics.” Tim Lust, Chief Executive Officer
About Tim Lust

Drawing on a farm background, work experience in the cattle industry and more than 25 years in the sorghum industry, Tim Lust utilizes his unique perspective to lead both National Sorghum Producers (NSP) and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP). Tim received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Angelo State University and earned his master’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University.

Tim and his wife, Lea Ann, have two sons and two daughters-in-law and one grandchild. They live near Abernathy, Texas, where Tim stays busy with church activities, livestock and hunting.

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Chris Cogburn Senior Policy Adviser show Bio close
"We help sorghum farmers and provide them a voice in policy and regulatory matters. We help advocate for what is best for them and do so based on our intimate knowledge of sorghum production coupled with solid, real-world economic analysis.” Chris Cogburn, Senior Policy Adviser
About Chris Cogburn

Drawing from a background as both a farmer and a sorghum board member, Chris Cogburn has been with National Sorghum Producers (NSP) since 2005. Today he is a senior policy adviser and acts as the manager of Sustainable Crop Insurance Services, an NSP subsidiary. Chris earned a degree in agricultural economics from Texas Tech University.

Chris and his wife, Amy, live in the Hale Center, Texas area. He enjoys gardening and photography.

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Jennifer Warren Vice President of Communications show Bio close
"I enjoy working with a team that is 100 percent devoted to sorghum producers every day. I am surrounded by passionate people from staff to directors and farmer leaders who care about this industry and one another. My day is never the same, and my career with sorghum has afforded me many opportunities I never dreamed possible.” Jennifer Warren, Vice President of Communications
About Jennifer Warren

As the vice president of communications for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Jennifer Warren (formerly Blackburn) leads sorghum’s communications strategy, ensuring a consistent and collective voice is projected through both national sorghum organizations in addition to supporting legislative and fundraising efforts. She is also the editor of NSP’s Sorghum Grower magazine. Jennifer was raised on a farm and ranch in eastern New Mexico. She earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University and interned with the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture following graduation before returning to NSP. She is also a graduate of the 15th Cohort of the Governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (TALL) program.

Jennifer resides in Dayton, Washington, with her her husband Garrett who is a wheat, pea and chickpea farmer. She is an avid traveler and photographer and enjoys cooking, gardening, hunting, wine tasting and live music.

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Jamaca Battin Industry Relations Director show Bio close
"I enjoy working with individuals that love what they do and have a passion for the industry. Our sorghum family is the best ag family to be a part of!” Jamaca Battin, Industry Relations Director
About Jamaca Battin

The industry relations director for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Jamaca Battin draws on more than 20 years in the agricultural industry to develop new relationships that will allow for greater sorghum representation in Washington, D.C. Additionally, she leads the efforts of the NSP Industry Partner Program and heads up the annual Commodity Classic Sorghum PAC event. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, from Fort Hays State University.

Jamaca has chaired numerous event committees and fundraising events and served as presidents for local non-profits. Currently she is a member of the planning committee for Women Managing the Farm Conference. Jamaca resides outside of the Kansas City, Kansas, area with her husband Mike and their son.

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Adam York Sustainability Director show Bio close
"Serving this growing industry through an impactful organization is incredibly exciting. Agriculture has solutions to today's challenges, and sorghum is key to unlocking that potential.” Adam York, Sustainability Director
About Adam York

Adam York is the sustainability director for National Sorghum Producers . In this role, he provides leadership and advocacy surrounding the industry’s strategic sustainability initiatives to help advocate for sorghum as The Resource Conserving Crop™. He grew up on a farm in southwest Kansas and strives to represent the passionate people behind the sorghum industry within the dynamic fields of sustainable agriculture. Adam has a bachelor’s degree in history from Kansas State University. Prior to joining Team Sorghum, he worked for the Kansas Grain Sorghum Association and as a congressional staffer in Washington, D.C., for a member of the Kansas delegation.

Adam currently lives with his wife and children in Manhattan, Kansas. He enjoys skiing, kayaking and hiking with his family around the U.S.

 

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Ian Hoeffner Information Director show Bio close
"I enjoy the strong sense of cohesive teamwork among very intelligent and passionate individuals. The leadership here is the best I’ve ever experienced.” Ian Hoeffner, Information Director
About Ian Hoeffner

Ian Hoeffner started working as the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) information director and transitioned to National Sorghum Producers (NSP) in 2013. Prior to NSP, Ian garnered 10 years of experience as a senior server administrator for a mid-sized internet service provider based in Texas. Ian holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology along with several certifications in advanced computer systems.

He currently resides in Lubbock, Texas, with his wife, Lauren, and his daughter.

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Julie Barclay Director of Administrative Operations show Bio close
"Agriculture plays such an important role in our economy and our future, and I am honored to help further that impact at Team Sorghum.” Julie Barclay, Director of Administrative Operations
About Julie Barclay

As Director of Administrative Operations for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Julie Barclay is a vital member of Team Sorghum, providing support to all entities of the organization and managing day-to-day operations. Barclay works directly with the board of directors and member entities on behalf of the CEO and leads efforts relating to NSP’s largest annual event Commodity Classic. Barclay earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Michigan University, and she worked in healthcare administration at Covenant Health for the past 10.5 years.

Barclay resides in Lubbock, Texas, with her husband, Steven, and two children, Kyle and Kate. She enjoys watching her kids’ sports games. Kyle plays baseball, and Kate plays basketball.

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Amanda Garcia Administrative Manager show Bio close
"I enjoy the many benefits NSP offers. My co-workers are amazing people; they have become family. NSP is very family-oriented and they make you feel very appreciated.” Amanda Garcia, Administrative Manager
About Amanda Garcia

Amanda Garcia is the accounting administrator for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), which includes everything from general office oversight to assisting with the annual National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest. She previously attended South Plains College and Lubbock Christian University.

Amanda is involved in her church and serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the needs of children who must be removed from their homes. She has three children of her own and enjoys family outings with them and her extended family.

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Jeff Dahlberg National Sorghum Foundation Chairman show Bio close
"” Jeff Dahlberg, National Sorghum Foundation Chairman
About Jeff Dahlberg

Drawing on more than 40 years of experience in sorghum research and industry experience, Jeff Dahlberg lead the National Sorghum foundation in its efforts to promote research and education for sorghum and develop the leadership potential of active university students interested in studying agriculture and, more specifically, the sorghum industry.

Dahlberg currently works as the director of the University of California Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier. He has spent time as the research geneticist and sorghum curator at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research Center in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. He also dedicated 20 years to working as the research director for National Sorghum Producers and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, during which he served for two years as the president of the Whole Grains Council.