New, Exciting Markets
The Sorghum Checkoff is supporting educational, promotional and research efforts focusing on food and industrial uses.
The Sorghum Checkoff is working to enhance the usability of sorghum in industries that reach beyond the traditional markets. In the United States, Sorghum Checkoff-funded research opportunities are looking at sorghum’s potential to fight cancer, high cholesterol and obesity. At the same time, sorghum is high in antioxidants and is gluten-free, providing a versatile product for individuals living with Celiac disease, which is an intolerance to gluten, found in products like wheat, barley and rye.
The pet food industry already uses sorghum because of its low glycemic index, which helps to control diabetes in companion animals. Sorghum is used in florals, birdseed and deer feeders. Around the world, sorghum is already used for building materials like fencing, a plywood-like product and as a binder in wallboard.
The Sorghum Checkoff will continue working on behalf of sorghum producers to encourage new and exciting markets for this crop.