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PROMOTING SORGHUM: Five individuals including two Kansans have been named to the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors. Their job will be to stimulate innovation and find new ways to add value to the crop for producers.

2 Kansans among new sorghum checkoff board members

Jeffrey Zortman and Kendall Hodgson join the United Sorghum Checkoff board of directors.

Two Kansas sorghum producers are among five individuals that have been appointed to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors by USDA.  Members will serve three-year terms.

According to the USDA press release, the sorghum farmers appointed to the board are: Kent Martin from Carmen, Okla.; James Haase from Eads, Colo.; Jeffry D. Zortman from Fowler, Kan.; Kendall Hodgson from Little River, Kan.; and Joshua Birdwell from Malone, Texas.

Martin was reappointed to the at-large seat he currently holds, and Haase was appointed to a vacant at-large seat. Zortman and Hodgson were appointed to the two Kansas seats held by Martin Kerschen from Garden Plain, Kan., and Clayton Short from Assaria, Kan. Joshua Birdwell was appointed to the Texas seat held by Dan Krienke of Perryton, Texas. Kerschen, Short and Krienke will complete their service to the board in December.

"We look forward to welcoming both the new and returning directors to the Sorghum Checkoff board of directors," says Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. "The board of directors plays an essential role in our efforts to innovate and enhance the value of sorghum, and we anticipate the talent and contributions these new and returning individuals will bring to the board of directors and to the benefit of our industry’s farmers."

The 13-member board is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. The secretary selected the appointees from sorghum producers nominated by certified sorghum producer organizations. 

Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress and date back to 1966. Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 21 research and promotion boards. They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities.

The Agricultural Marketing Service provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

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