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, N.C., Meier was able to network with agricultural professionals from across the county, while also attending workshops that discussed proper advocacy techniques, climate change and sustainability practices, and more. Attendees also traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with their state congressmen and representatives to engage in conversations surrounding issues within agriculture.
“I have always had a deep interest in advocacy, but have never quite had the opportunity to have an experience to meet with staff on Capitol Hill.” Meier said. “I found that Leadership At Its Best really gave me the tools I needed to serve as a proper voice for sorghum farmers.”
Simultaneously, Kansas Grain Sorghum Executive Director Jesse McCurry attended the 62nd Annual U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Board of Delegates meeting. Highlights included hearing from international stakeholders providing updates on global trade and market insights, as well as updates from USGC staff.
McCurry was even recognized as a five year member of the USGC’s Board of Delegates. When asked about the importance of the partnership between Kansas Grain Sorghum and USGC, McCurry said, “The U.S. Grains Council is the key to being our international marketing arm. Their assets and intelligence around the world are very important to growers.”
Kansas Grain Sorghum is thankful to work alongside organizations such as Syngenta and the U.S. Grains Council in order to build relationships and find new ways to enhance the sorghum industry in Kansas and beyond. Our staff members look forward to more opportunities to meet with colleagues on the national level throughout the rest of 2022 and beyond.