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2019 ARC/PLC Enrollment Deadline Nears on March 15, 2020

2019 ARC/PLC Enrollment Deadline Nears on March 15, 2020

The deadline for 2019 enrollment in ARC/PLC programs is right around the corner on March 15. As of February 3, 2020, only about 21% of Kansas farms have elected and enrolled into ARC or PLC so far.​ ​USDA FSA understands that Kansas producers may prefer to wait and watch prices before selecting the best option… Read More

Reed Middleton Named New Sustainability Fellow at Kansas Grain Sorghum

The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association recently named Reed Middleton as the organization’s first Kansas Grain Sorghum Fellow. In this role, Middleton’s talents will support efforts connecting sustainability to farm-oriented programming. This will include a scope of work with Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association (KGSPA) and National Sorghum Producers (NSP). Middleton will work directly with… Read More

Registration Open for Sorghum Production Schools

A series of three educational K-State Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in late January. Hear from experts from Research & Extension, public policy and industry who will discuss topics ranging from insects and weed control to marketing and navigating government programs of interest to sorghum growers. The events are open to the public, free… Read More

KGSPA Welcomes House Passage of USMCA Implementing Legislation

KGSPA Welcomes House Passage of USMCA Implementing Legislation

On Thursday, December 19th, 2019, in the last vote of the year, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed by a tally of 385 to 41 implementing legislation for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), H.R.5430. This vote advances the trade deal one step closer to the finish line, while the U.S. Senate is expected to… Read More

KGSPA Announces Member Roundtables

The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association (KGSPA) is hosting a series of roundtable meetings across western Kansas. During the meetings, members are encouraged to bring input and discuss with staff bottom-line issues affecting the association. Staff will present State and Federal updates that KGSPA and NSP are currently addressing on behalf of members. A meal… Read More

U.S., Japan Agree to First Stage of Limited-Scope, Agricultural Trade Deal

U.S., Japan Agree to First Stage of Limited-Scope, Agricultural Trade Deal

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe hosted on the sidelines of this week’s U.N. General Assembly a signing ceremony revolving around an initial trade agreement reportedly allowing for $7 billion of U.S. agricultural exports, including potential exports of U.S. ethanol, into the Japanese market. Media reports from earlier in the week noted ongoing… Read More

USDA Announces United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board Appointments, Names Kansans

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the appointment of five members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board. Four appointees will serve three-year terms and one appointee will serve the remaining one-year portion of a vacant position. The 13-member United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board is composed of nine sorghum farmers who represent… Read More

Sorghum Checkoff Hosts Over 65 International Buyers at Export Sorghum

Sorghum Checkoff Hosts Over 65 International Buyers at Export Sorghum

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program, in coordination with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, the U.S. Grains Council (USGC), and the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Board, is hosting international grain buyers from eight countries who are currently purchasing or are interested in U.S. grain sorghum. The Export Sorghum event is a one-day, educational conference in Dallas,… Read More

Sugarcane Aphid Sighted on Grain Sorghum in Kansas

Sugarcane Aphid Sighted on Grain Sorghum in Kansas

The sugarcane aphid (SCA) has now been reported in four counties in Kansas, according to K-State Research and Extension. Sumner, Reno, Kiowa and Haskell counties have reported sightings for 2019. Kansas sorghum producers across the state should begin scouting their fields on a regular basis. Be sure to to visit K-State Agronomy to remain up-to-date on scouting… Read More

USDA Releases Information On Additional Market Facilitation Program, Local Signup Starting Today

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue late last week released information on the $16 billion package to support U.S. agricultural producers, including a second round of USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Previously, on May 23, 2019, Secretary Perdue announced USDA would offer a second round of MFP payments for eligible crops, including… Read More

Governor Laura Kelly Proclaims the Week of May 26 Biofuels Week

COLWICH, Kan. – At a time of distress in rural Kansas, renewable fuel remains an important asset to drive feed-grain demand and improve prospects for profitability on the farm. Recognizing the many benefits biofuels provide to the Kansas economy, agricultural industry, energy consumers and environment, Governor Laura Kelly has proclaimed the week of May 26, 2019… Read More

Adam York Named New Director of Programs at Kansas Sorghum

COLWICH – Adam York has been selected for a new position as Director of Programs for Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. York joins Kansas Grain Sorghum with years of experience in federal policymaking with a focus on agriculture, energy and trade work. York’s leadership on staff in the Kansas Congressional… Read More

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE UNITED SORGHUM CHECKOFF BOARD

JOINT PRESS RELEASE              For More Information Contact: Jesse McCurry Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (785) 477-9474 [email protected]     For Release Upon Receipt                                         February 11, 2019   SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR THE UNITED SORGHUM CHECKOFF BOARD   The United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board will have four positions become vacant in December 2019,… Read More

A Statement on Mike Beam Announcement – Kansas Dept. of Agriculture

KGSPA President Kent Winter, farmer, Andale, KS: “Mike Beam is an experienced, well-liked, and admired professional by his peers. His dedication and leadership at KLA is known far and wide to members of that organization. We thank and wish the best to Kansas Department of Agriculture Secretary Jackie McClaskey. Her leadership team was approachable and… Read More

K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for early February 2019

K-State Sorghum Schools scheduled for early February 2019   A series of three K-State Sorghum Production Schools will be offered in early February to provide in-depth training targeted for sorghum producers and key-stakeholders. The schools are sponsored by Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission.     The schools will cover a number of issues facing sorghum growers:… Read More

Kansas Agriculture Groups Seek Nominations for United Sorghum Checkoff Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking nominations for positions on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board to fill four vacancies including one at-large producer position, two producer positions for Kansas and one producer position for Texas. The Secretary of Agriculture selects appointees from producers nominated by Certified Producer Organizations.… Read More

KGSPA Elects Officers, New Directors

COLWICH, Kansas – The Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association (KGSPA) elected two new directors at their annual meeting last week. KGSPA board member Kent Winter of Andale was re-elected President and board member Earl Roemer, Scott City, was re-elected Vice President. Lance Russell of Hays was elected Secretary. Jeff Zortman of Fowler was elected Treasurer.… Read More

Kansas Sorghum Farmers Congratulate David Schemm as new Kansas FSA Director COLWICH, Kan. — Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association is pleased with the recent appointment of David Schemm, grain sorghum and wheat farmer from Sharon Springs, to his new role as Farm Service Agency’s State Executive Director for Kansas. David is admired by his peers… Read More

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