Posted on Feb 24, 2017
The United Sorghum Checkoff Program released its 2016 annual report that highlights major achievements in crop improvement, market development and renewables for the year. The annual report showcases the dedication of the Sorghum Checkoff to meet the needs and interests of sorghum producers through investments to increase producer profitability and enhance the sorghum industry.
"This past year was one full of continued growth and development for sorghum growers," said Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. "The 2016 annual report highlights new and developing programs, market opportunities and research that will have direct impact on sorghum producers and the industry for years to come."
The report features summaries on the Department of Energy (DOE) investments leveraged in 2016 totaling $6.9 million, the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program to increase grain sorghum productivity and expand markets for U.S. sorghum farmers by 2025, the growth of sorghum use in the consumer food market with the launch of the consumer-facing brand, Sorghum. Nature's Super GrainTM, and developments in sugarcane aphid research and management funded through an investment of $300,000 from the Sorghum Checkoff.
The 2016 annual report showcases the checkoff's focus on developing programs that will help create opportunity for a return on investment to farmers, in addition to the development of relationships and collaborations that continue to increase producer profitability. The Sorghum Checkoff remains committed to meeting the needs of U.S. sorghum producers.