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SEEKING LEADERS: The sorghum checkoff is offering Leadership Sorghum Class V, a leadership training program that allows young farmers to gain understanding of all facets of the industry with both hands-on and classroom experiences.

Training program prepares future sorghum leaders

Apply online for the Leadership Sorghum Class V program by 5 p.m. CST on March 27.

The sorghum checkoff is accepting applications for Leadership Sorghum Class V, a program designed to develop the next generation of sorghum leaders.

During the 15-month leadership program, class members will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry in addition to personal development and networking opportunities. Through both hands-on and classroom-style learning experiences, class members develop an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and stakeholder organizations interact on behalf of the industry, and what the future holds for sorghum.

“Leadership Sorghum allows for the cultivation of leaders within the sorghum industry who are passionate about the industry and driven to learn more,” says Florentino Lopez, sorghum checkoff executive director. “By investing in this program, we are not only investing into the individual class members, but the U.S. sorghum industry as a whole. We are equipping these farmers with skills, knowledge and understanding to be champions for the industry themselves and their local communities.”

USDA-approved criteria state eligible applicants must be farmers actively engaged in sorghum production within the U.S. and U.S. citizens. Fifteen growers will be accepted into the program's fifth class.

“Watching each class member grow, learn and experience new things has been so fulfilling,” says Shelee Padgett, sorghum checkoff marketing director and Leadership Sorghum program coordinator. “We are equipping each class of Leadership Sorghum with the tools to advocate for sorghum, take new-found knowledge back to their communities and further the industry by becoming involved in leadership positions across the industry.”

Full consideration will be given to all applicants regardless of age, gender, race or occupation. Every effort will be made to select a class based on the applicant pool, which is representative of the entire sorghum industry, its diversity and rural community interests.

More information on the class schedule and program criteria, as well as applications for the program, are available at leadsorghum.com. Applications are due by 5 p.m. CST on March 27. The accompanying reference forms must be submitted by the March 27 deadline, as well. Following the application deadline, all applications and references will be reviewed by a selection committee. Finalists may be contacted via phone to arrange an interview.

Source: National Sorghum Producers, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.
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