Sanders Barbee / Photo courtesy of K-State MANRRS
MANHATTAN, KS – The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association (KGSPA) recently named Sanders Barbee as the organization’s Conservation & Sustainability Fellow for 2021.
In this role, Barbee will assist Kansas Grain Sorghum connect sustainability projects with farm-oriented programming. She will also work with the staff of National Sorghum Producers (NSP) to continue fulfilling the requirements of the organization’s partnership with the Kansas office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Specifically, Barbee will work to collate on-farm information and sustainability practices to increase farm conservation literacy.
“We are thrilled to welcome Sanders to Kansas Grain Sorghum,” said Jesse McCurry, KGS Executive Director. “Sanders is passionate about policies that positively impact agriculture as well as the environment and we are confident she will drive our Conservation & Sustainability Fellowship role to new heights.”
“Sanders brings great perspective to an already outstanding team serving sorghum farmers in Kansas,” added John Duff, NSP Executive Vice President and project lead for the partnership with NRCS. “At a time when consumers are asking for more and more information on the role agriculture plays in sustainability, her unique background focused on the intersection of food security and the environment will be immensely helpful to our industry. We look forward to working with Sanders and continuing our partnership building the next generation of sorghum leaders alongside Kansas Sorghum and Kansas State University.”
Barbee is a sophomore at Kansas State University, where she is majoring in Agricultural Economics with a pre-law focus. In addition to her role at Kansas Grain Sorghum, Barbee is a fellow in K-State’s Food and Ag Policy Fellowship and she is an active leader in the student community in Manhattan, Kansas, serving as Secretary in the College of Agriculture’s Chapter of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) at K-State. She plans to graduate in May 2023.
The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association (KGSPA) gives growers a voice in legislative, regulatory and industry affairs through efforts funded by membership dues.