Sorghum 101

Super grain. Nutritional powerhouse. Versatile crop. Sorghum is an ancient grain that’s high in protein, rich in antioxidants and naturally gluten-free. It can be grown as a grain, forage or sweet crop, and is one of the top five cereal crops in the world.

Sorghum Sustains

The simple fact is, growing Sorghum is good for the planet. Its increased organic matter builds soil health by retaining moisture and nutrients. As the resource-conserving ingredient, it requires 30% less water than other grains to thrive. To put that in perspective, 91% of Sorghum acres receive adequate moisture through rain, resulting in 1.5 trillion gallons of irrigation water savings per year — the same amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls every three weeks.

Food, pet food, feed and energy industries can all benefit from sorghum’s ability to give more than it takes.

About Sorghum Checkoff

The Sorghum Checkoff is a producer-funded organization dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education. Established in 2008, the Sorghum Checkoff helps U.S. sorghum farmers communicate with consumers about the value of sorghum as a healthy, versatile grain.

Sorghum Audiences

Sorghum offers so many benefits to people across the globe. Explore how it positively impacts those who grow it, eat it and process it.


Learn more about sorghum grain and forage production, pressures, agronomy insights and more.

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Learn more about sorghum nutrition, recipes, cooking tips, where to buy and more.

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Learn more about sorghum for livestock feed, foodservice outlets, pet food production, aquaculture and more.

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Supplier Directory

The go-to source for sorghum producers looking for new markets and international buyers looking for grain. Search our supplier directory to connect with producers, manufacturers and users near you.

Upcoming Events

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July 29-31

U.S. Grains Council Board of Delegates Meeting

Salt Lake City, UT

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August 7-9

Agricultural Water Sustainability Summit

Lubbock, TX

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August 13

Sorghum U

Wichita, Kansas

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September 2

Labor Day- Office Closed

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Sorghum Recipes

Looking for some new recipe inspiration? Sorghum is an extremely versatile grain that you can serve like rice, quinoa or other whole grains and can be cooked in a variety of ways.


Double Chocolate Sorghum Brownies with Sorghum Caramel Sauce and…

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Sorghum Resources

Media Resources

The Sorghum Checkoff has partnered with various research entities to improve profitability, productivity, yield, genetic improvement, herbicide tolerance and more.

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