Sorghum Checkoff Board Directors Sworn in, Officers Elected


Three Sorghum Checkoff board directors were sworn in during the Dec. 9, 2015, board meeting in Lubbock, Texas.

Returning to the board as an at-large member is David Fremark of St. Lawrence, South Dakota. New to the board are Craig Poore of Alton, Kansas and Jim Massey IV of Robstown, Texas. Boyd Funk of Garden City, Kansas, will be sworn in during the next Sorghum Checkoff board meeting.

The newly sworn in board members were appointed by the U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in October and will serve three-year terms.

Outgoing board members include the last three individuals from the original Sorghum Checkoff board, comprising Bill Greving of Prairie View, Kansas, Bill Kubecka of Palacios, Texas, and Greg Shelor of Minneola, Kansas.

Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust said the industry is appreciative of the hard work and dedication of the outgoing board members

“These board directors were a vital part of the initial vision and founding strategy of the checkoff,” Lust said. “Through the outgoing board members’ wisdom and mentorship, we are excited for the future of sorghum, which the newly elected board members and leadership team will carry out.”

Newly elected to board leadership, David Fremark will serve as chairman, Dan Krienke of Perryton, Texas, as vice chairman, Adam Baldwin of McPherson, Kansas, as secretary and Verity Ulibarri of McAlister, New Mexico, as treasurer.

“These are exciting times for sorghum, with a national yield record, expanded exports, among many other industry highlights,” Fremark said. “Going forward, our board will be looking to expand markets and increase grower productivity, while sticking to our mission of enhancing profitable opportunities for U.S. sorghum growers.”

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