Posted on Dec 12, 2013
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – The United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors invested $1.85 million to fund proposals targeted at furthering sorghum growers’ productivity and profitability. The commitment, which was approved at a Dec. 10 board meeting, concludes the request for proposal that started June 2013. The Sorghum Checkoff board, external committee members and staff dedicated the past several months to reviewing projects in the crop improvement, high value and renewable priority areas.
The Sorghum Checkoff received 86 requests totaling $16.8 million.
“Response from this RFP process reflects the energy sorghum growers are generating in both our public and private research communities,” said Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director. “Producer leaders take seriously their responsibility to move the industry forward through investing dollars in the right projects.”
The Sorghum Checkoff board of directors worked through proposals in a committee and board leadership process that included advice and expertise from external committee members.
“External committee members and staff are critical to the process,” said Jeff Casten, Sorghum Checkoff board member from Quenemo, Kan. “Advancing the sorghum industry requires technical science, which requires specific expertise. As a producer, I am grateful for the time and energy our external members and staff dedicate to this important process.”
During the Sorghum Checkoff’s December board meeting, producer leaders made a final decision on the projects to address key priorities for the sorghum industry. The Sorghum Checkoff approved the following 16 projects:
“The funded projects are a key part of the Sorghum Checkoff strategy to moving the industry forward,” said Stewart Weaver, Sorghum Checkoff chairman and grower from Edmondson, Ark. “The board is excited to see the dividends that our investment in these projects pays to sorghum farmers.”
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 www.sorghumcheckoff.com.