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.

Researcher Amount Description
Todd Gaines, Colorado State University $150,000 To develop new over-the-top grass herbicide resistance traits in sorghum using mutagenesis
Anita Dille, Kansas State University $160,000 To evaluate ecology of grass weeds in grain sorghum including critical period weed control
Mithila Jugulam, Kansas State University $30,000 To evaluate sorghum germplasm for herbicide tolerance
The Connect Group, Cassandre Pallas and The Door $175,000 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 $100,000 For promotion of food grade sorghum within farmers’ markets, festivals and shows
Allison Talley, Enginuity Worldwide $100,000 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 $68,000 To explore the opportunity of maximizing sorghum grain prebiotics production
Sajid Alavi, Kansas State University $150,000 To examine sustainability, oxidative stress mitigation and sensory characteristics of sorghum-based canine diets designed for international markets
Kenny Xie, International Chemistry Testing LLC $20,000 To develop sorghum as functional ingredient and nutraceutical for health promotion and disease prevention
Fang Zhou, BioResource International $79,403 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 $180,000 To evaluate the potential of pedigreed sorghum mutants for biofuel production
Kansas State University $2,000,000 To be leverage with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and KSU to implement the Kansas Improvement Program
U.S. Grains Council $127,000 For grain sorghum promotion with Mexico
U.S. Grains Council $135,000 For grain sorghum promotion within Europe as a consume food product and as a commodity
U.S. Grains Council $93,000 To conduct a duck feeding trial in China
U.S. Grains Council $35,000 To develop Japanese promotional booklet
U.S. Grains Council $88,000 To conduct a catfish feeding trial in Vietnam
U.S. Grains Council $80,000 To create a sorghum quality report
$300,000 For continued sugarcane aphid management and a support system*
$100,000 For best management practices for ALS technology*
$120,000 For fungicide yield enhancements, effects on yield and ROI*
$50,000 For regional development of herbicide guidelines*
$25,000 For multiple projects designed to evaluate and inform producers*
$1,150,000 For the continuation of the conversion program*
$75,000 For an evaluation of lipids, oils and waxes*
$75,000 To determine the ability of sorghum DDGS in replacement of soybean meal*
$50,000 For ethanol production with and without oil extraction*
$350,000 For leveraged investments with DOE
$120,000 For the continuation of the Prairie Aqua Tech project*
$13,000 For qualitative consumer research*

*Principal investigators and project specifics to be determined

Completed Projects


Carbon Footprint Study – Final Report

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Sorghum As Source Of Ingredient To Replace Cassava For Feeding…

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Growth And Survival Of Litopenaeus Vannamei Substituting Grain Sorghum…

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Utilization Of Sorghum Distillers Dried Grains In Extruded And Steam…

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Expanding Utilization And Increasing Value Of Sorghum Fractions Via…

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Pet Food Research

Supplementation Of Gluten-Free Sorghum Flour-Based Pet Treat With…

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Health Research

Total Phenolics in Sweet Sorghum Syrups Compared to Other Commercial…

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Pet Food Research

Use Of Grain Sorghum As The Primary Ingredient In Premium Extruded…

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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 education that will increase productivity, demand and 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 the following years will be announced at a later time.