This form is to be completed and funds remitted monthly to the Sorghum Checkoff by first handlers. A first handler is the first person who buys or takes possession of more than 1,000 bushels of grain sorghum or 5,000 tons of sorghum forage, sorghum hay, sorghum haylage, sorghum billets or sorghum silage from producers in a calendar marketing year.
Sorghum Checkoff Collection Form – PDF
In order to be exempt, one must meet the following criteria: Operate under an approved organic system plan authorized under the USDA-AMS organic regulations (7 CFR Part 205) and maintain a valid organic certificate issued by an AMS accredited certifying agent. Produces/handles/imports/manufactures/feeds/exports/processes products eligible to be labeled “organic” or “100% organic” under the USDA organic regulations. And, is subject to assessments under the research and promotion program for which this exemption is requested.
Organic Exemption Form
The Sorghum Checkoff travel policy applies to all staff, board members, committee members and others traveling on behalf of the checkoff. Review the policy if applicable and contact the Sorghum Checkoff office with any questions.
All staff and board members are required to complete a preapproval form before checkoff-funded travel. Complete this form and submit it to the Sorghum Checkoff office.
Travel Pre-approval Form
All staff, board and outside committee members are required to complete a form in order to be reimbursed for travel expenses. Complete this form and mail it and any receipts for claimed expenses to the Sorghum Checkoff office at the address listed below or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel Expense Reimbursement Form – Excel Spreadsheet
Please send correspondence and collections to:
United Sorghum Checkoff Program
4201 N. Interstate 27
Lubbock, TX 79403
USDA AMS Guidelines
Congress delegated to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) the responsibility for implementation and oversight of commodity promotion, research and consumer information programs established under freestanding legislation, commonly known as checkoff programs. In 1996, the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act, commonly known as the “Generic Act,” was enacted to allow commodity groups to create programs for their commodities under a generic statute. Prior to the Generic Act, many of today’s programs overseen by USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) were established under commodity-specific legislation (see Appendix 1). The Secretary has delegated all functions to AMS for these programs except those delegated to USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), which has been given the authority to oversee international marketing activities (Federal Register Vol. 62 No. 144).
Guidelines for AMS Oversight of Commodity Research and Promotion Programs