Former Sorghum Checkoff Board Director Retires from Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission

Gary Kilgore, a former Sorghum Checkoff board director, is retiring from the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (KGSC) after more than 10 years of service. Kilgore also served on the inaugural United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) board when it began in 2008. He was one of 10 nominees for five seats representing Kansas on the Sorghum Checkoff board.

Kilgore was selected to serve a three-year term and was sworn in by the Secretary of Agriculture in Washinton, DC, in November 2008. Kilgore was involved in organizing committees, hiring employees and establishing checkoff amounts to be returned to states.

Kilgore farmed sorghum and other crops in Neosho County, Kansas, and began representing his region of southeast Kansas in 2007 after his retirement from Kansas State University as a research and extension agronomy specialist.

Through his many years of service to the sorghum industry, Kilgore said he valued his experience on the Research Committee as a Sorghum Checkoff board director.

"I am still in awe of USCP and all the vital work that they continue to do to this day," he said.

In addition to serving on the USCP board of directors and as a KGSC member, he was also appointed to a two-year term on the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program (CSIP) board. The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and USCP established the Kansas State University Center for Sorghum Improvement and the Collaborative Sorghum Investment Program to bring together industry partners to fund research.

While on the CSIP board, Kilgore funded research into sorghum production, weed control, sorghum genetics, and sorghum's use in animal and human food.

After a lifetime of dedication to the betterment of the sorghum industry, Kilgore was recognized at a banquet hosted by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission on August 30. According to KGSC, his retirement will be effective at the end of the year.

The Sorghum Checkoff would like to thank Kilgore for his hard work and years of commitment to advance sorghum and improve the crop through numerous avenues.

Gary Kilgore