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Checkoff sponsors Sorghum Food Conference

The Sorghum Checkoff, in conjunction with USDA/ARS, is sponsoring a sorghum food workshop for food industry leaders on how to use sorghum in whole grain and gluten-free applications. The workshop will be held June 2-3, 2010 in Manhattan, Kan., in recognition of the Whole Grains Council’s “Sorghum Month.”

“Sorghum has been a staple food in countries around the world for years and has just begun to increase in popularity as a human food source in the U.S.,” said James Vorderstrasse, sorghum producer and Sorghum Checkoff board member from Hebron, Neb. “It is a gluten-free grain so it is an excellent choice for those with Celiac disease and for diabetics because of its low glycemic index. This conference will educate many of the major players in food processing about sorghum’s benefits and potential in the human food industry.”

An estimated 1.8 million people suffer from Celiac disease, which is described as intolerance to gluten found in wheat flour. This workshop will concentrate on the research and developments that have been made with sorghum to determine its health benefits as a whole grain human food source and a tool to fight Celiac disease.

The first day of the conference will be held at the USDA/ARS Center for Grain and Animal Health Research in Manhattan, Kan. This portion will include presentations by sorghum researchers from universities such as Kansas State University, Texas A&M University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and USDA researchers

Day two will be held at the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan and will include hands-on demonstrations and discussions about the opportunities sorghum provides in the baking industry. For more information about the sorghum food workshop, please see the seminar notice on our website at or contact Executive Director Virgil Smail at [email protected].

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a producer funded organization that is dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education. For more information about the USCP and other market development opportunities please visit

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