LUBBOCK, Texas (November 29, 2021)—The United Sorghum Checkoff Program recently strengthened Team Sorghum, hiring Hailey Gilbreath as communications manager and Jessi Lopez as administrative manager.

Lopez joined the Sorghum Checkoff as administrative manager. Lopez, who has more than 14 years of administrative and financial experience, will also be responsible for office management, accounts payable and receivable and assisting with event planning.

“Lopez is instrumental to the success of our organization, helping advance the administrative and financial operations for Team Sorghum,” Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust said. “We look forward to the insight and contributions they have and will continue to make to improve the sorghum industry.” 

Gilbreath was hired as the Sorghum Checkoff communications manager. In this role, Gilbreath will provide and implement strategic communications planning for all Sorghum Checkoff communications. She will also assist in other related duties of the information, communication and education (ICE) department and organizational programs and projects for the Sorghum Checkoff. Gilbreath has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural communications from Missouri State University. Before joining the organization, she managed digital marketing and social media efforts at Bedford Camera & Video and prior to that, 

“We are thrilled to have young, dedicated staff stepping up to fulfill these roles in our organizations,” Lust said. “Each team member brings a fresh perspective to Team Sorghum, and I have no doubt their passion for agriculture and outstanding work ethic will help us promote the success of the sorghum industry.” 

For more information about the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, visit Sorghum 


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