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ICYMI: USCP Profiles Segdwick Co. Producer Kent Winter

USCP – The United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s July producer profile features Sedgwick County sorghum farmer and KGSPA President, Kent Winter, Mount Hope. Written by Samantha Barnett, Sorghum Checkoff Communications Intern, Kent shares his farming backstory and his views on why he grows grain sorghum. “I like to think of my operation as a football team,”… Read More

Re-Watch 2020 Kansas Ag Growth Summit’s Sorghum Sector Breakout Session

Re-Watch 2020 Kansas Ag Growth Summit’s Sorghum Sector Breakout Session

MANHATTAN, KS – On Tuesday, July 21, the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) hosted the 2020 Kansas Ag Growth Summit’s Sorghum Sector breakout session, featuring Kansas Grain Sorghum and our industry partners. If you were unable to tune into the Sorghum breakout session and listen to expert panel analysis and contribute to the crop’s strategic… Read More

NRCS Announces RCPP EQIP Funding Application

NRCS Announces RCPP EQIP Funding Application

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and eligible applications are approved upon applicant readiness. To apply for this opportunity, producers should contact their local… Read More

Kansas Agriculture COVID-19 Survey Results

To better understand how COVID-19 is impacting Kansas agriculture, KGSPA partnered this month with Kansas Farm Bureau and other Kansas ag organizations to survey our respective memberships. The survey recieved 134 submissions from all over the state with most respondents classifying themselves as livestock, owner/operator and full-time farmers. Thanks to the participants who provided your… Read More

Information Regarding COVID-19 Small Business Relief

Information Regarding COVID-19 Small Business Relief

Kansas Grain Sorghum recently hosted the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Wayne Bell, Wichita District Director, on the Sorghum State Podcast for a timely discussion on the federal CARES Act provisions available to sorghum producers. Listen to the 10-minute conversation here or in the Audio tab of this website as Mr. Bell shares important information and… Read More

Kansas Grain Sorghum Celebrates National Ag Day 2020

Kansas Grain Sorghum Celebrates National Ag Day 2020

MANHATTAN, KS – Kansas Grain Sorghum joins our partners around the country–from associations, businesses, and producers themselves–in recognizing the importance and in spreading awareness of the American farmer this National Ag Day, March 24, 2020. “Now, more than ever, Americans realize the vital link between the pantries in their homes and the food that farmers… Read More

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

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