Annual Conference Highlights Sorghum Research

LUBBOCK, Texas – Approximately 100 sorghum researchers from across the United States met in Lubbock, Texas, Aug. 28-30 for the annual Sorghum Improvement Conference of North America (SICNA). The conference featured speakers from both private industry and public research, covering topics such as breeding and genetics, biotechnology, entomology, agronomy and physiology, pathology and more.

“SICNA is an excellent opportunity for the research community to come together and discuss opportunities and breakthroughs in sorghum research,” said Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. “We heard great presentations and dialog during the conference that I believe will lead to even more breakthroughs in the development of the sorghum industry.”

The group also toured an ethanol plant and several field plots to illustrate how many of the traits developed in the lab are being tested and implemented in the field.

SICNA focuses on promoting communication in the areas of research and development relating to sorghum improvement among researchers and stakeholders in cooperation with multi-institutional agencies including universities, USDA-ARS, the Sorghum Checkoff, National Sorghum Producers and private sponsors.

The 2014 SICNA Conference will be held in College Station, Texas, in June of next year. Visit for more information on the 2014 meeting.


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