Members Appointed to the Sorghum Checkoff Board of Directors

LUBBOCK, Texas – Four members were recently appointed by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors for three-year terms.

According to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the growers reappointed to the board include, Martin G. Kerschen of Garden Plain, Kansas, Daniel L. Krienke of Perryton, Texas and Clayton J. Short of Assaria, Kansas. Newly appointed to the board is Kent L. Martin of Carmen, Oklahoma.

“We are looking forward to oncoming leadership and the diverse experience they will bring to the table,” said Tim Lust, Sorghum Checkoff CEO. “We believe these farmer leaders will continue helping us to achieve the Checkoff’s mission and vision of enhancing producer profitability and productivity and will be an asset to both the board and industry.”

The board is structured so that the state with the largest production is allocated five positions, the second largest production with three and the third largest with one. There are four at-large national positions for which at least two representatives must be appointed from states other than the top three sorghum-producing states. The maximum number of producers from one state is limited to six.

The 13-member board is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. The Secretary selected the appointees from sorghum producers nominated by certified sorghum producer organizations.

“The Sorghum Checkoff board is a progressive group dedicated to making relevant strides to improving ‘super’ sorghum both domestically and worldwide,” said Kent Martin Leadership Sorghum Class II graduate and oncoming board member. “I am excited to be a part of a group committed to improving the most efficient, productive crop I know."

The new directors will be sworn in during the Sorghum Checkoff December board meeting. For more information on how growers are appointed to the United Sorghum Checkoff board of directors, visit


The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a producer-funded organization that is dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education. For more information about the USCP and other research projects please visit