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.

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 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.

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 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 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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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Sherrie Ray Communications Intern show Bio close
"I appreciate how much trust staff puts into the hands of interns. We are tasked with projects that not only challenge us, but give us the opportunity to refine our strengths and improve our weaknesses. As an intern, I love seeing my work beyond the office walls and utilized in the industry.” Sherrie Ray, Communications Intern
About Sherrie Ray

As a National Sorghum Producers (NSP)  communications intern, Sherrie Ray’s primary role is assisting with the Sorghum PAC Casino Night and Auction. She designed and produced all digital and printed content for the 2020 event. She also assists with the Sorghum Grower magazine, social media planning, press releases and the weekly Sorghum Notes newsletter. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications at Texas Tech University.

Prior to working for NSP, Sherrie worked under Picador Creative for the CASNR News Center and served as a New Mexico FFA state officer. She is the sixth generation to live and work on her family’s beef cattle ranch in northeastern New Mexico and has been involved in agriculture her entire life. In her spare time, Sherrie can be found traveling, hiking with her dog or working with animals.