Sorghum Checkoff Announces Leadership Sorghum Class II

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Sorghum Checkoff is pleased to announce the members of Leadership Sorghum Class II. Leadership Sorghum is a program hosted by the Sorghum Checkoff that seeks to develop the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry. Fifteen sorghum farmers from six different states have been selected to participate in the program’s second class.

“Developing new leaders who are prepared to handle the diverse issues impacting sorghum and agriculture is important for this industry,” said Sorghum Checkoff Chairman, Stewart Weaver, a sorghum farmer from Edmondson, Ark. “We have already seen many members of the first class get involved within state and national sorghum organizations and committees, and it is exciting to see the next generation of grower leaders stepping up the plate. We believe this program is not only benefiting the industry by developing the leaders of tomorrow, but is also providing its sorghum farmer class members with a valuable educational experience.”

The following are Leadership Sorghum Class II members by state (name, city):

Alabama – Carlton Bridgeforth, Tanner

Iowa – Joel Spring, Centerville

Kansas – Dan Atkisson, Stockton; Kelsey Baker, Scott City; Casey Crossland, Wakeeney; Nathan Larson, Riley; Craig Poore, Alton; Lance Russell, Hays; and Jessica Wyrill, Kirwin

Kentucky – Chris Robinson, Sturgis

Oklahoma – Kent Martin, Carmen

Texas – Josh Birdwell, Bynum; Greg Glover, Amarillo; Joe Rohrbach, Hereford; Lee Whitaker, Claude

Leadership Sorghum Class II will begin the 15-month program in the Texas Panhandle in September focusing on the sorghum seed industry and research. Throughout the program, participants will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic research to international marketing.

Through both hands-on and classroom style education, participants will gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. For information about the Leadership Sorghum program, visit


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