Increasing Producer Profitability

The Sorghum Checkoff has rolled up its sleeves and gone to work for sorghum growers since the checkoff began collecting checkoff dollars in July 2008. The farmer board of directors has purposely invested $27,166,942.93 to fund research aimed at boosting producer profitability and making sorghum a healthier industry.

The Sorghum Checkoff has partnered with various research entities to improve profitability, productivity, yield, genetic improvement, herbicide tolerance and more. For a full list of sorghum research partners, see below.

Funded Projects

The Sorghum Checkoff is funding research projects to improve profitability, productivity, yield, genetic improvement, herbicide tolerance and more.




Todd Gaines, Colorado State University


To develop new over-the-top grass herbicide resistance traits in sorghum using mutagenesis

Anita Dille, Kansas State University


To evaluate ecology of grass weeds in grain sorghum including critical period weed control

Mithila Jugulam, Kansas State University


To evaluate sorghum germplasm for herbicide tolerance

The Connect Group, Cassandre Pallas and The Door


To reinforce the momentum created within the food and chef communities to help solidify sorghum messaging, increase marketplace knowledge and consumption to open distribution channels and food sales

Patricia Alemdar, Nature2Kitchen


For promotion of food grade sorghum within farmers’ markets, festivals and shows

Allison Talley, Enginuity Worldwide


To analyze energy and cost effective pretreatment methods using a rotary compression dryer to increase starch digestibility, grain efficiency, porosity and total lipid uptake of feed grains

Kun-Jun Han, Louisiana State University


To explore the opportunity of maximizing sorghum grain prebiotics production

Sajid Alavi, Kansas State University


To examine sustainability, oxidative stress mitigation and sensory characteristics of sorghum-based canine diets designed for international markets

Kenny Xie, International Chemistry Testing LLC


To develop sorghum as functional ingredient and nutraceutical for health promotion and disease prevention

Fang Zhou, BioResource International


To increase the use of grain sorghum in the Mid-Atlantic by reducing anti-nutritional compounds with novel enzyme applications in feed for pigs

Donghai Wang, Kansas State University


To evaluate the potential of pedigreed sorghum mutants for biofuel production

Kansas State University


To be leverage with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and KSU to implement the Kansas Improvement Program

U.S. Grains Council


For grain sorghum promotion with Mexico

U.S. Grains Council


For grain sorghum promotion within Europe as a consume food product and as a commodity

U.S. Grains Council


To conduct a duck feeding trial in China

U.S. Grains Council


To develop Japanese promotional booklet

U.S. Grains Council


To conduct a catfish feeding trial in Vietnam

U.S. Grains Council


To create a sorghum quality report



For continued sugarcane aphid management and a support system*



For best management practices for ALS technology*



For fungicide yield enhancements, effects on yield and ROI*



For regional development of herbicide guidelines*



For multiple projects designed to evaluate and inform producers*



For the continuation of the conversion program*



For an evaluation of lipids, oils and waxes*



To determine the ability of sorghum DDGS in replacement of soybean meal*



For ethanol production with and without oil extraction*



For leveraged investments with DOE



For the continuation of the Prairie Aqua Tech project*



For qualitative consumer research*

*Principal investigators and project specifics to be determined

Sorghum Research Partners

Completed Projects

Sorghum as Source of Ingredient…

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Growth and Survival of Litopenaeus…

Introduction June 2012 Dry distillers grain with solubles…

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Utilization of Sorghum Distillers…

Abstract 2015 Use of distillers dried grain with solubles…

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Expanding Utilization and Increasing…

Executive Summary December 2017 This project was designed…

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Supplementation of Gluten-Free…

Abstract Pet treats are given to dogs to strengthen pet…

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Total Phenolics in Sweet Sorghum…

Abstract Knowledge of the nutritional and dietary content…

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Use of Grain Sorghum as the Primary…

Executive Summary There is potential for use of grain sorghum…

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Request for Funded Proposals

The Sorghum Checkoff typically seeks pre-proposals each fiscal year for targeted research and education in strategic program areas including crop improvement, high value markets and renewables.

The goal of the RFP is to further enhance the opportunities for sorghum producers through specific projects and/or education that will increase productivity, demand and/or value.

This year, the Sorghum Checkoff will not be seeking pre-proposals and is evaluating past funded research, reflecting on the current focus areas and improvements to the industry. Plans for the RFP for following years will be announced at a later time.