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The Ideal Crop to Be Part of the Climate Solution

Sorghum Sustains

Sorghum has many sustainable attributes, and our farmers are on the front lines mitigating and responding to the impacts of climate change while adapting and innovating to keep the lands they steward productive now and for future generations.

Sorghum is the resource conserving crop that is both water smart and climate resilient. With the necessary resources to innovate and the incentives to bring those innovations to the market, we can accomplish far more.

View our Sorghum Sustains one-pager, an read NSP’s Comments on the “Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.”

View the latest sorghum input survey and calculator for analyzing it.

From the Field to the Halls of Congress

Sustainability Wins

CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY IN SORGHUM PRODUCTION
KansCAT
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KansCAT

Kansas farmers have limited technical capacity to quantify the effectiveness of farm practices in improving soil health and water quality. This project, conducted in partnership with NRCS and titled “Community and market partnerships to leverage the creation and application of a technology platform, KansCAT, for conservation of soil and water systems in Kansas,” consists of three objectives aimed at addressing this problem. We propose to I) deploy a database for storing and assessing practice information, II) increase literacy of farmers and conservation partners using this information and III) leverage conservation practices for value in carbon-focused ethanol markets.

Read more about KansCAT here.

Sorghum Breaks Through
Resource-Conserving Crop Rotation
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Resource-Conserving Crop Rotation

In April 2021, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced additional language concerning the definition of a “resource-conserving crop” (RCC) under the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) “to be more inclusive of all crops that could be resource conserving and fit within the purpose for which the definition was crafted.” The new definition also fully redefines “resource-conserving crop rotation” RCCR for the same purposes. Prior to this a RCC was defined as: (1 A perennial grass; (2 A legume grown for use as a cover crop, forage, seed for planting, or green manure; 3) A legume-grass or diverse grass-forb mixture comprised of species selected for climate, rainfall, soil, and other region-specific conditions; or 4) A small grain or other resource-demanding crop grown in combination with a grass, legume, other forbs, or grass-forb mixture, whether interseeded, relay-planted into the resource-demanding crop, or planted in rotation. The new definition replaces the fourth component with 4) A non-fragile residue or high residue crop or a crop that efficiently uses soil moisture, reduces irrigation water needs, or is considered drought tolerant.

The language defining a resource-conserving crop was also updated to mean a crop rotation that: 1) Includes at least one resource-conserving crop as determined by NRCS; 2) Reduces erosion; 3) Improves soil fertility and tilth; 4) Interrupts pest cycles; 5) Builds soil organic matter; and 6) In applicable areas, reduces depletion of soil moisture or otherwise reduces the need for irrigation.

Read the notice of the updated rule here.

Sorghum Sustainability In the News

KansCAT Research Fellow Contributes To Sorghum Sustainability Efforts
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KansCAT Research Fellow Contributes To Sorghum Sustainability Efforts

https://sorghumgrowers.com/magazine/kanscat-research-fellow-contributes-to-sorghum-sustainability-efforts/

Sorghum Industry Focusing on Sustainability
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Reed Middleton Named Sustainability Fellow at Kansas Grain Sorghum
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Reed Middleton Named Sustainability Fellow at Kansas Grain Sorghum

https://ksgrainsorghum.org/reed-middleton-named-new-sustainability-fellow-at-kansas-grain-sorghum/

National Sorghum Producers Partners With USDA To Quantify Sorghum Sustainability In Key Ethanol Production Region
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National Sorghum Producers Partners With USDA To Quantify Sorghum Sustainability In Key Ethanol Production Region

https://sorghumgrowers.com/2019/10/22/national-sorghum-producers-partners-with-usda-to-quantify-sorghum-sustainability-in-key-ethanol-production-region/

Partnering For Soil Health : Sorghum Farmers Are Collaborating With NRCS To Improve Soil Health
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Partnering For Soil Health : Sorghum Farmers Are Collaborating With NRCS To Improve Soil Health

https://sorghumgrowers.com/magazine/partnering-for-soil-health-sorghum-farmers-are-collaborating-with-nrcs-to-improve-soil-health/

Carbon Reduction Starts With The Soil
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Farmers Poised to Benefit From Carbon Trade
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Threat of Drought Puts Spotlight on Conservation
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Sorghum’s Role in Conservation with Chris McLeland and Ryan Heiniger
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Meet the New Team Members with Kira Everhart-Valentin & Clint White
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Farm Conservation with Dan Atkisson & Sharonte Williams
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KansCAT with John Duff and Reed Middleton
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Sustainability & Conservation with Kira Everhart-Valentin
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Add Sorghum to Secure Farm Sustainability
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Kansas Grain Sorghum Welcomes New Conservation & Sustainability Fellow, Sanders Barbee
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Kansas Grain Sorghum Welcomes New Conservation & Sustainability Fellow, Sanders Barbee

https://ksgrainsorghum.org/kansas-grain-sorghum-welcomes-new-conservation-sustainability-fellow-sanders-barbee/

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Welcome United Sorghum Checkoff Program as National Sponsor and Strategic Conservation Partner in the Great Plains
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Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Welcome United Sorghum Checkoff Program as National Sponsor and Strategic Conservation Partner in the Great Plains

https://www.sorghumcheckoff.com/news-and-media/newsroom/2021/04/08/pf-qf-welcome-uscp-as-national-sponsor-and-strategic-conservation-partner-in-the-great-plains/