Sorghum Checkoff Promotes and Hires Team Members


The United Sorghum Checkoff Program, the national checkoff program for U.S. sorghum producers responsible for promotion, research and information programs for the U.S. sorghum industry, is excited to announce new promotions and hires in the communications and high value markets departments.

Faith Jurek, who has worked as the Sorghum Checkoff communications director for the last year and a half, has been promoted to Consumer Communications Strategist. Jurek will lead consumer facing communications efforts as they relate to the human and pet food sectors of the sorghum industry beginning January 2016.

Kelli Fulkerson has served as the National Sorghum Producers communications director for the last year and will now be promoted to Sorghum Checkoff Marketing Coordinator under the high value markets program. Fulkerson grew up on a farm and ranch in Michigan, is a former state FFA officer, and is a graduate of South Dakota State University with duel degrees in animal science and agricultural communications and a minor in marketing.

The Sorghum Checkoff is also excited to welcome a new team member to the communications department. Michelle Hochstein of Nazareth, Texas, will begin January 2016 as the Sorghum Checkoff communications manager, focusing on crop improvement, agronomy and renewables programs. Michelle graduates December 2015 with a bachelorā€™s degree in agricultural communications from Texas Tech University. Hochstein currently serves as editor of TTU Department of Agricultural Education and Communications department magazineĀ The Agriculturist. She has completed multiple internships, including the Sorghum Checkoff and Texas Farm Bureau, which make her a valuable asset to the organization.