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

National Sorghum Producers Staff Tim
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. They live near Abernathy, Texas, where Tim stays busy with church activities, livestock and hunting.

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 Abernathy, Texas, with their two sons. He enjoys gardening and photography.

Jennifer Blackburn External Affairs Director, Sorghum Grower Editor 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 Blackburn, External Affairs Director, Sorghum Grower Editor
About Jennifer Blackburn

As the external affairs director for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Jennifer Blackburn leads all communications activities. She serves in the same role for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, ensuring a consistent and collective voice is projected through both organizations. She is also the editor of NSP’s Sorghum Grower magazine. Around farming and ranching her entire life, Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University and interned with the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture following graduation. She is also a graduate of the 15th Cohort of Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership program.

Jennifer is an avid photographer and a leader in her young professionals’ group at church. She enjoys traveling, cooking, hunting and live music.

National Sorghum Producers Staff John
John Duff Strategic Business Director show Bio close
"I was raised on a family farm, so I am passionate about advocating for family farmers as a part of an equally passionate team.” John Duff, Strategic Business Director
About John Duff

John Duff serves as strategic business director for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), where he provides analysis of farm policy, crop insurance and ethanol regulatory issues. He also works for the Sorghum Checkoff and NSP subsidiaries, Elite Ag Management and Sustainable Crop Insurance Services. He has a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Texas Tech University and is known for his unique perspective on policy and markets.

John enjoys spending time with his family and on the nearby family farm. He is an active member and volunteer at his church in addition to the New Horizon Emmaus Community.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Shelee
Shelee Padgett Regional Director show Bio close
"I enjoy working with farmers from across the nation.” Shelee Padgett, Regional Director
About Shelee Padgett

As a regional director for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Shelee Padgett manages various sorghum education programs and the regional relations program. From a small town in central Texas where her family owned and operated a fertilizer company, Shelee received her bachelor’s degree in agriculture communications from Texas Tech University and master’s degree at Texas State University.

Shelee lives near Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband, Patrick, and two sons. She is actively involved in the community.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Brent
Brent Crafton Regional Director show Bio close
"I appreciate the opportunity to work on behalf of U.S. sorghum producers, the U.S. sorghum industry and promote sorghum as the resource-conserving crop.” Brent Crafton, Regional Director
About Brent Crafton

Brent Crafton is a regional director at National Sorghum Producers (NSP), responsible for the eastern part of the country on behalf of NSP and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP). A graduate from the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, he has served in the United States Army and in the Army Reserve.

Brent resides in rural Southern Illinois with his wife, Olivia, and children. He is actively involved in his church and as a member of Veterans for Foreign Wars Post 6632. Brent enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Justin
Justin Weinheimer Crop Improvement Director show Bio close
"I enjoy working on challenges that will have lasting positive impacts for sorghum farmers.” Justin Weinheimer, Crop Improvement Director
About Justin Weinheimer

Justin Weinheimer is the crop improvement director for National Sorghum Producers (NSP). His primary responsibilities are the representation of sorghum producers on regulatory issues related to crop protection product registrations and use, biotechnology, and seed innovation. He has a bachelor’s degree in animal science as well as both a master’s degree and a doctorate in agriculture and applied economics from Texas Tech University.

Justin resides in Stonewall, Texas, with his wife and daughter. He is actively involved in his church and the community. Justin enjoys working on his family farm, hunting and fishing.

Debra Lloyd Operations Director show Bio close
"I love the integrity, energy and passion of Team Sorghum. They are always working toward a greater cause, which is helping the American sorghum producer.” Debra Lloyd, Operations Director
About Debra Lloyd

With National Sorghum Producers (NSP) since 2014, Debra Lloyd oversees the day-to-day operations of NSP and external board and committee functions while working closely with the CEO. In addition, she has administrative oversight for the National Sorghum Foundation. Debra has been in the agriculture industry her whole life and earned an accounting degree from Texas Tech University.

Debra and her husband, Ed, have four children and nine grandchildren. They are active in their church and enjoy being present at their grandchildren’s activities.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Jamaca
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.

Jamaca has chaired numerous event committees and fundraising events. Jamaca resides outside of Tonganoxie, Kansas, with her husband Mike and their son.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Ian
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.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Amanda
Amanda Flores Accounting Administrator 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 Flores, Accounting Administrator
About Amanda Flores

Amanda Flores is an administrative manager 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.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett Communications Intern show Bio close
"NSP has given me the opportunity to discover where I want to take my future and what I value in the agricultural industry. Through healthy challenges and friendly office staff, I have been able to explore this industry in a comfortable environment which encourages me to grow. I am grateful that NSP has given me an opportunity to make a difference for producers and showed me what I am capable of being.” Sam Barnett, Communications Intern
About Sam Barnett

As a communications intern for the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Sam Barnett assists with press release content and updating the website. She is currently a second year student at Texas Tech University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications.

Although Sam doesn’t come from a sorghum background, she is passionate about making a positive impact for the growers she works for. Being able to influence change and disperse critical information to those who need it is extremely important to her, and NSP gives her the opportunity to do just that. Samantha is involved with the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Block and Bridle chapters at Texas Tech University, as well as the Ag Ambassadors and Agri-Techsans organizations on campus.

Laney Mosley Policy Intern show Bio close
"I love that it's so diverse. NSP works really hard to stay current with every area that it takes to make the company effective. There are so many different personalities in the office, and I love that we have the diversity to see things from every angle. I think it's most effective to accept the differences and to place people where they're needed; NSP does a great job at that. We have a progressive communications staff, people working numbers behind the scenes, leadership from the inside to the outside, and so many other moving parts here. It's very refreshing to see these efforts make a difference in the industry.” Laney Mosley, Policy Intern
About Laney Mosley

Laney serves as a policy intern for the National Sorghum Producers working on special projects regarding anything from carbon data analysis in support of ethanol to grant work. She works on the numbers behind the scenes in order to transform those numbers into words that support farmers. She is currently studying Agriculture Economics at Texas Tech University.

Laney is new to sorghum but grew up in the agriculture industry where she learned about farming and ranching from her grandpa in East Texas. She said watching him work so hard really sparked a fire in her to support men like him in the field. She is from a small town in South Texas and spent her summers working on a ranch. Laney currently serves as an Ag Ambassador for her department at Texas Tech.