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 and one grandchild. They live near Abernathy, Texas, where Tim stays busy with church activities, livestock and hunting.

National Sorghum Producers Staff John
John Duff Executive Vice President 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, Executive Vice President
About John Duff

John Duff serves as executive vice president for National Sorghum Producers (NSP) and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), where he provides leadership and analysis on a wide array of sorghum industry issues from markets to policy. In 2012, he received  a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from Texas Tech University and is currently working to complete his MBA, also from Texas Tech University.

John enjoys spending time with his wife, Amanda, and visiting the nearby family farm. He is an active member and volunteer at his church in addition to the New Horizon and Llano Estacado Emmaus communities.

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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 Blackburn 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 Blackburn, Vice President of Communications
About Jennifer Blackburn

As the vice president of communications for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Jennifer 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 fiancé Garrett. She is an avid traveler and photographer and enjoys cooking, gardening, hunting and live music.

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, 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.

 

Hoeffner 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.

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Garrett Mink Director of Operations show Bio close
"I love the opportunity to develop new relationships with our Board of Directors and other sorghum growers involved in this amazing organization.” Garrett Mink, Director of Operations
About Garrett Mink

As the director of operations for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Garrett Mink oversees the day-to-day operations of NSP and external board and committee functions while working closely with the CEO. She has been involved in agriculture her entire life, both raising and showing livestock.

Prior to joining NSP, Garrett worked in higher education, most recently at the RAWLS College of Business at Texas Tech University. She currently resides in Lubbock, Texas, with her daughter.

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Jessi Lopez Administrative Manager show Bio close
"It is exciting to be a part of team sorghum. There is something to be said about the authentic atmosphere at this organization. Getting to learn about the industry from the best, is a joy that will enlighten my journey here at team sorghum. ” Jessi Lopez, Administrative Manager
About Jessi Lopez

Jessi Lopez is the administrative manager for National Sorghum Producers (NSP). Her duties include office management, accounts payable and receivable, and assisting in event planning. Jessi has worked in finance and administrative roles for 14 years.

Jessi is an active member of her church where she serves as a ministry team leader. She resides in Abernathy, Texas, with her husband and four children. When she is not working, she spends her time traveling with friends and family.

National Sorghum Producers Staff Haleigh
Haleigh Erramouspe Communications Coordinator show Bio close
"I enjoy working with a team that is so passionate and dedicated to the industry. We genuinely care about the growers we serve and adding value to their operations. Working with Team Sorghum has given me opportunities beyond what I thought was possible. ” Haleigh Erramouspe, Communications Coordinator
About Haleigh Erramouspe

As a communications coordinator for National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Haleigh Erramouspe provides a broad range of public relations and communications support to the organization. Immersed in the agriculture industry her entire life, Haleigh earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.

Haleigh enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with friends and family. In college, Haleigh served as the editor for The Agriculturist magazine and participated in the Texas Tech Congressional Internship Program where she interned with the House Committee on Agriculture.

Pritchett Lauren
Lauren Pritchett Communications Intern show Bio close
"NSP has allowed me to learn about many different areas of the agriculture industry. I am beyond thankful for the opportunities given to me each day to learn more. I love working in such a positive work environment with staff that encourages me to be the best I can be.” Lauren Pritchett, Communications Intern
About Lauren Pritchett

As a communications intern for NSP, Lauren helps with social media planning, event preparation, website updates and press releases. Lauren is in her third year at Texas Tech University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications.

Although Lauren was raised around a small cow/calf operation, her love for learning more in the agriculture industry strengthens every day. She is very passionate about all aspects of agriculture and is excited to look more into the grain industry. Her role at NSP aligns with her education at Texas Tech and she is working to implement her knowledge in all areas of communications. Lauren is involved in Agricultural Communications of Tomorrow (ACT) and Kappa Alpha Theta.