Clint White
Director of Communications
United Sorghum Checkoff Program

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2022

LUBBOCK, Texas (August 3, 2022) – During the U.S. Grains Council (USGC) 62nd Annual Board of Delegates Meeting held in Sacramento, California, delegates elected New Mexico farmer and past United Sorghum Checkoff Program Chairwoman Verity Ulibarri to secretary-treasurer of the USGC board of directors.

“I am honored and delighted to represent the Sorghum Checkoff as the next secretary-treasurer of the U.S. Grains Council,” Ulibarri said. “I believe USGC’s mission is a key component to the long-term sustainability of the American farmer, and I want to do my part in this endeavor as a board member.”

In addition to Ulibarri, the Sorghum Checkoff is further represented on the USGC board with Sorghum Checkoff Vice Chairman Adam Schindler from Reliance, South Dakota, who was appointed as the Asia Advisory Team (A-Team) lead. The Council has seven A-Teams that engage members in the organization’s export market development efforts.

“I believe the A-Teams are critical for the Council’s success,” Schindler said. “With increased demand for U.S. feed grains in Asia, I look forward to continuing the work that has been done and actively engaging with traders and end-users to promote the value of U.S. grains abroad.”

Former USCP board member Jim Massey, from Robstown, Texas, also continues to serve on the USGC board of directors as the Sorghum Sector Director.

“Having leadership on the USGC board allows the Sorghum Checkoff to leverage opportunities for the sorghum industry and our producers,” Sorghum Checkoff Executive Director Norma Ritz Johnson said. “We cannot overstate how proud we are of these individuals for stepping up to the plate and representing our industry. The grain industry will certainly benefit from Verity’s dedication, passion and leadership as she enters the officer rotation for the USGC, and we look forward to Adam guiding this advisory group, especially given the importance of Asia as a market for U.S. sorghum and other grains, in general.”


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