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Kansas Water Authority to Host Input Hearings to Discuss Water Policy; Funding Allocations

For more information, contact: Maddy Meier Director of Communications and Outreach Kansas Grain Sorghum maddy[at]ksgrainsorghum.org COLWICH, KS (May 28, 2024)–In response to Governor Laura Kelly’s five guidelines of the Kansas Water Plan, the Kansas Water Authority (KWA) has been tasked with developing a strategic plan to be implemented before the 2025 legislative session. The Kansas… Read More

Farming Is Our Superpower: Shayne Suppes and Jace Gibbs

Recently, you may have seen more sorghum-based foods popping up on grocery store shelves. From gluten-free baking mixes to even pet food, sorghum can be found in a variety of products and is becoming a choice for many people to feed their families. As sorghum has gained popularity, many people are wondering how sorghum is… Read More

USDA Seeks Nominees for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program

For more information, contact: Maddy Meier Director of Communications and Outreach Kansas Grain Sorghum maddy[at]ksgrainsorghum.org USDA Seeks Nominees for the United Sorghum Checkoff Board of Directors MANHATTAN, KS– The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominees for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) board of directors. Sorghum producers within the United States who own or share… Read More

Brant Peterson Leads 2024 Budget Planning; Kansas Sorghum Invests in the Future

September 5, 2023 Colwich, KS–The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (the KGSC) will invest approximately $1.79 million into programs of sorghum promotion, research, information, industry information, foreign and domestic marketing, and producer communications during fiscal year 2024, subject to USDA approval. In action at its September 1, 2023, budget board meeting in Manhattan, Kansas, the KGSC… Read More

Peterson Elected As Chairman of Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission

Brant Peterson accepts his award during the 2022 NSP Yield Contest banquet in Orlando, Fl. Photo credit: National Sorghum Producers July 27, 2023   Colwich, KS– Brant Peterson of Johnson, Kansas, was elected to serve as the newest chairman of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (KGSC) during last week’s annual summer board meeting in Hays. … Read More

Sorghum Sparks The Interest of Trade Team During Kansas Visit

Colwich, KS– As grain sorghum continues to emerge in conversation topics across a variety of sectors, it’s no surprise that demand for the crop continues to rise on an international level. In mid-June, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP), in partnership with the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), hosted Export Sorghum— a conference designed to connect … Read More

Save The Date: Sorghum U 2023

Mark your calendars! The High Plains Journal has announced that Sorghum U, which will be held in conjunction with Wheat U, will take place on August 9, 2023 in Wichita, Kansas, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Aside from a variety of compelling breakout sessions and a producer-led discussion panel, highlighted guest speakers will consist… Read More

Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Determines 2023 Fiscal Budget

COLWICH, KS—The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (KGSC) will invest approximately $1,370,384 into programs of sorghum promotion, research market development and education during fiscal 2023, subject to USDA approval. In action at the KGSC funding budget board meeting on Sept. 1 in Great Bend, Kansas, the staff and research committee delivered proposed projects and the full… Read More

Kansas Grain Sorghum Represented From Coast to Coast

Kansas Grain Sorghum staff members each took the opportunity to represent the organization at two recent events: the annual U.S. Grains Council Meeting in Sacramento, CA, and Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best Conference held in Washington, D.C. Director of Programs Maddy Meier attended Syngenta’s Leadership At Its Best Conference, held July 25-29. Beginning in Raleigh,… Read More

Kansas Sorghum Seeks Director of Programs

POSITION DESCRIPTION TITLE: Director of Programs, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association | Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (Kansas Sorghum) JOB SUMMARY: The Director of Programs implements Kansas Sorghum activities. Sees to communications delivery. Primary meeting and event planner. The Director of Programs also oversees the intern/fellowship program. QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated success in program management, communications and event… Read More

Kansas Sorghum Update: Recapping Top MY2020-21 U.S. Sorghum Export Locations and Pushing Forward with New Year Events in 2022

Marketing Year 2020-21 was a meaningful one for grain sorghum that welcomed great international demand for U.S. growers’ premium quality crops, and you can see the economics at work from that demand in the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission’s 2021 Annual Report. The Annual Report is a snapshot of the Kansas sorghum industry containing information on… Read More

Kansas Sorghum Update: Back-to-Back Marketing Year Sorghum Sales in December Help Close Calendar Year 2021 on Positive Note

Continuing a trend as 2021 comes to a rapid close, back-to-back record sorghum sales this year may see farmers planning around grain sorghum in the new year as China makes big purchases just as harvest wraps up in our state. Read More

Kansas Sorghum Update: Foreign Sales Gain Pace as the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Strategizes Ahead for this Decade

Sorghum harvest is near 91 percent completed by late November, 2021, according to USDA as foreign sales pick up the pace and the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission prepares for its 2022 Winter board meeting open to the general public. Read More

KS Grain Sorghum Highlights State of Kansas Sorghum Research, DropXL Trait Technology

DropXL Sorghum is a State of Kansas research investment to develop water-optimized sorghums to increase yields within drought-stressed environments. The research, which began as farmers’ vision for the future of their sorghum crop as well as their communities, is coordinated by State agencies and the Center for Sorghum Improvement, housed at Kansas State University. The… Read More

IGP Institute Holds Special Grain Market Outlook Forum at KSU Commodity Tailgate, Sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission

IGP Institute Holds Special Grain Market Outlook Forum at KSU Commodity Tailgate, Sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission

U.S. Economy and Grain Market Impacts International Grain Trade Issues Domestic Grain Supply and Demand Factors A recording of a special Grain Market Outlook Forum that was held as part of the Commodity Tailgate event at Kansas State University on Saturday, October 16th, at the International Grains Program Center on the campus.  It featured: K-State… Read More

Kansas Sorghum Update: USDA Estimates Booming Sorghum Production and Farmers’ Petition Process Opens to Serve on the KS Grain Sorghum Commission

Official estimates for this year’s grain sorghum production rolled out as USDA released its October WASDE on October 12. Reflecting a good growing season throughout the Sorghum Belt, grain sorghum production is forecast higher overall from last month. Kansas is again set to lead the nation in sorghum acreage at 3.6 million acres with 268… Read More

Kansas Sorghum Update: Sorghum for B.I.R.D.S Focuses Stacked Conservation Incentives in the Heart of Sorghum Country

We highlight the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s new partnership with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever centered in Kansas to help growers implement conversation practices that fit their farm and tie together profitability and sustainability for the benefit of farmers’ bottom lines. Read More

Kansas Sorghum Update: Commission Approves FY2022 Budget & USDA WASDE Boosts Sorghum Acreage Estimates

The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission met on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 to discuss and approve its Fiscal Year 2022 budget in the amount of $1,010,589. Chairman Kevin Kniebel, a farmer near White City, noted in the Commission’s press release that this year’s budget “reflects not only the momentum of the crop, but also a continued… Read More