First Shipment of U.S. Sorghum Arrives in China

LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The first shipment of U.S. sorghum was unloaded in China on Oct. 18, delivering 60,000 metric tons (2.36 million bushels) at the Guangzhou Port Facility.

The shipment of sorghum was initiated through the work and collaboration of the U.S. Grains Council and the Sorghum Checkoff.

“The U.S. Grains Council has been instrumental in the continued development of export markets for U.S. sorghum,” said Stewart Weaver, Sorghum Checkoff board chairman and grower from Edmondson, Ark. “The checkoff is excited about the opportunities the Chinese market presents for U.S. growers.”

Approximately 7.2 million acres of grain sorghum were planted in 2013, creating a need for additional demand.

“The Chinese market offers increased demand for U.S. sorghum,  which creates opportunities for growers,” said Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. “It is also important to recognize this is one of many markets the Sorghum Checkoff and the U.S. Grains Council are actively engaged within. Mexico, Japan and now China, along with other markets, will continue to remain a priority for USGC and the Sorghum Checkoff.  Without question, strong international demand coupled with a strong domestic demand will no doubt strengthen producer opportunities.”

The USGC and Sorghum Checkoff coordinated seminars to help end users in China understand sorghum’s nutritional values and how to incorporate the grain into rations. Several more shipments of U.S. grain sorghum are expected to arrive in China in the coming months. An estimated 1.2 million tons (47.2 million bushels) have been purchased in the month October alone.

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