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.
National Sorghum Producers (NSP) was founded by a group of growers and today, our staff remains committed to the best interests of such individuals.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
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. She is an avid traveler and photographer and enjoys cooking, gardening, hunting and live music.
"I enjoy working with farmers from across the nation.”Shelee Padgett, Regional Director
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.
"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
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.
"I enjoy working on challenges that will have lasting positive impacts for sorghum farmers.”Justin Weinheimer, Crop Improvement Director
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.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
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.
"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
Amanda Flores 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.
"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
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, TX, with her husband and four children. When she is not working, she spends her time traveling with friends and family.
"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
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.
"I am excited to come the office everyday. It is inspiring being surrounded by people committed to making this industry better. I have been able to gain a new perspective about agriculture and where I want to take my life in the future.”Cason Lutrick, Communications Intern
As a communications intern for the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Cason Lutrick assists with press releases, updating the website, social media planning, and Sorghum Grower magazine. He is currently a second year student at Texas Tech University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in political science and agribusiness.
While Cason spent most of his life around livestock, he is excited to immerse himself into the grain industry. During his time at NSP, Cason has been able to expand his knowledge on the sorghum industry and communications field. He is thankful for the opportunity to help make an impact in the agriculture industry. Cason is involved in Ambassadors for Agriculture, AgriTechsans and Ag Council organizations on campus.
"I am thankful to have this opportunity to work for a great organization. Everyone is so welcoming, and it makes coming to work exciting. I hope to be able to take the skills I learn at NSP and apply them to my future career.”Taylor Rankin, Communications Intern
As a communications intern for the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Taylor Rankin helps with social media planning, website updates and press releases. Taylor is in her fourth year at Texas Tech University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications and a minor in advertising.
Growing up raising and showing livestock, Taylor developed her passion for agriculture at a young age. She is excited to further expand her knowledge of agriculture and organizational communications by stepping into the sorghum industry. By the end of her internship Taylor hopes to have a better understanding of the sorghum industry and communications field. Taylor is involved in Sigma Alpha Rho and Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT).
"Working with the staff and farmers at NSP has been the highlight of my summer. They are very knowledgeable, and I am fortunate to have the opportunity to learn from them.”Trace Dodd, Communications Intern
As a communications intern for the National Sorghum Producers (NSP), Trace Dodd assists with newsletters, website updates and social media posts. She is a fourth year student at West Texas A&M University working toward her bachelor’s degree in agricultural media and communication.
Trace has always been surrounded by agriculture growing up on a farm and also showing livestock. Though this internship, she hopes to broaden her knowledge of all aspects of agriculture, particularly in the sorghum industry, and fine tune her communication skills. Trace is involved in campus life at WTAMU as an officer in the Collegiate Farm Bureau and is also very involved with her local church.
"NSP has allowed me to discover new avenues of the agricultural industry. I appreciate the welcoming environment and camaraderie between the staff and interns. I am appreciative of this opportunity and the new skills I will learn being an intern.”Audrey Cope, Sorghum PAC Intern
As National Sorghum Producers (NSP) PAC intern, Audrey Cope’s primary role is assisting with the Sorghum PAC auction and fundraisers. She produces and designs all printed and digital content for the events. Audrey is a second-year student at Texas Tech University currently working on her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications.
Even though Audrey did not grow up in an agricultural environment, she has grown to appreciate the importance of the industry. Audrey is passionate about understanding all facets of agriculture and the sorghum industry and playing a role for the betterment of the industry. Her role working with NSP allows her to explore these avenues. Audrey is involved in President’s Select, Ambassadors for Agriculture and Block and Bridle organizations on campus.
"Being an intern at NSP has grown my love and appreciation for the agriculture industry. Not only do I get a deeper look into the industry, but I also get to work with inspiring individuals on a daily basis. I get to do all of this while representing the producers that provide for us. ”Parker Lee, Administrative Intern
As the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) administrative intern, Parker Lee assists with day-to-day operations of the office and helps make sure things are running smoothly. She is currently a first year student at Texas Tech University pursuing a degree in agricultural communications.
Although Parker’s childhood focused mostly on livestock, she is eager to learn more about the grain industry. Parker is excited for the chance to work with farmers from across the country in order to promote and advocate for the sorghum industry.