Commission

About the Commission

Legal Creation in Kansas

The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (KGSC) is an entity created by the State of Kansas, action of which is codified in K.S.A. 2-3002.

Purpose

KGSC is committed to sorghum promotion, research, and information designed to strengthen, expand and develop new foreign and domestic markets for sorghum. The Commission focuses “on sound stewardship of financial resources, ensuring sorghum is a long-lasting, profitable crop for Kansas.”

The Commission assists in the development of markets, consumer education and promotion of grain sorghum to enhance producer profitability.

Checkoff Program

The Commission receives “passback” funds from United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP). The Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 established the USCP.  The board administers a coordinated program designed to expand foreign and domestic markets and uses for sorghum.  Membership comprises sorghum producers and sorghum importers.  The Secretary appoints board members from nominations submitted by certified organizations.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 industry-funded research and promotion boards.  These promotion boards empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal accountability and program integrity for participating stakeholders.

For More Information

Please visit the United Sorghum Checkoff Program or call (806) 687-8727.

Center for Sorghum Improvement

To improve sorghum, the Commission partners with the Center for Sorghum Improvement housed at Kansas State University. To contact Managing Director, Sarah Bowser, please call (785) 477-6018 or email [email protected]

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