Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Craig Poore

Craig Poore
Chairman

Alton, KS
Kansas: 2019-2022

Kent Martin

Kent Martin
Vice Chairman

Carmen, OK
Oklahoma: 2020-2023

Jim Massey

Jim Massey
Secretary

Robstown, TX
Texas: 2019-2022

Boyd Funk

Boyd Funk
Treasurer

Garden City, KS
Kansas: 2019-2022

Verity Ulibarri

Verity Ulibarri
Past Chairwoman

McAlister, NM
At-Large 2018-2021

Joshua Birdwell

Joshua Birdwell

Malone, TX 
Texas: 2020-2023

James Haase

James Haase

Eads, Colorado
At-Large: 2020-2023

Kendall Hodgson

Kendall Hodgson

Little River, KS
Kansas: 2020-2023

Charles Ray Huddleston

Charles Ray Huddleston

Celina, TX
Texas: 2018-2021

Adam Schindler

Adam Schindler

Reliance, SD
At-Large: 2018-2021

Klint Stewart

Klint Stewart

Columbus, NE
At-Large: 2018-2021

Shayne Suppes

Shayne Suppes

Scott City, KS
Kansas: 2018-2021

Jeffry Zortman

Jeffry Zortman

Fowler, Kansas
Kansas: 2020-2023

Become a Sorghum Checkoff Board Member

About the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board of Directors

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is led by a board of directors comprised of 13 U.S. sorghum farmers.

The board makeup includes:

  • Five seats for the largest sorghum-producing state
  • Three seats for the second largest sorghum-producing state
  • One seat for the third largest sorghum-producing state
  • Four at-large national positions.

How does a farmer become a board member?

To become a member of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors, a farmer must first be nominated by a Certified Producer Organization (CPO), and then appointed by the USDA Secretary of Agriculture.

List of Certified Producer Organizations (CPOs) and Qualified State Organizations (QSOs)

USCP Board Member Eligibility

A person is eligible to be nominated for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors if he/she is a U.S. sorghum grower. The Sorghum Checkoff prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and, where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or a part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

Representation and nominations to the board are outlined in the Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order; Final Rule in Establishment of Representation and Nominations. As outlined in these provisions, CPOs and the Secretary of Agriculture have the ultimate authority and responsibility of submitting and approving nominations to the board. As such, the Sorghum Checkoff serves in an advisory capacity in providing information and education to potential leaders, as well as CPOs.

USCP Board Member Expectations

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors is charged with the task of identifying the most pressing issues facing the sorghum industry and working to develop solutions to improve the industry.

The board of directors also works to implement its strategic model, which involves a dynamic relationship between demand and productivity enhancements that will allow for increased producer profitability, which can result in acreage increases.

As a board member, you will:

  • Attend three meetings per year (6-15 days)
  • Receive reimbursement for travel costs
  • Help direct how assessment money is spent
  • Protect the industry’s reputation
  • Collaborate and network with stakeholders and board members from across the sorghum industry
  • Develop personal leadership and communication skills
  • Serve on committees within the board to focus industry priorities

For More Information

For more information on how you can become involved as a United Sorghum Checkoff Program board member, visit SorghumCheckoff.com, or contact the Sorghum Checkoff office at 4201 North Interstate 27, Lubbock, Texas 79403, 800-643-8727 (toll free), 806-687-8727.

You can also contact the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Office of Outreach at 202-690-0487 to find out how you can get involved on commodity research and promotion program boards.

Download the brochure: Represent the Industry You Love: Shape the future of the sorghum industry as a United Sorghum Checkoff Program board member.

Upcoming Board Meetings and Conference Calls

Strategic Development: January 14-16, 2020

USCP Board & Committee Meetings: February 25-29, 2020 - San Antonio, Texas

USCP Board Meeting: August 11-12, 2020 - Dallas, Texas

New Board Member Orientation: September or October 2020 - Lubbock, Texas

USCP Annual Meeting: December 8-10, 2020 - Lubbock, Texas

 

Committee Meeting Schedule

Committee Meeting: October 2020 - location TBD

Complete List of Meeting Minutes