Sorghum Sustains

The Grain that Gives

When you choose sorghum, you’re doing something good – not only for yourself but for the world around you.

This small grain offers big benefits for our health, our water, our wildlife and our world. Food, pet food, feed and energy industries can all benefit from sorghum’s ability to give more than it takes.

 

For Environmental Health

  • Nationally, 91 percent of sorghum acres are rain fed, which results in 1.5 trillion gallons of irrigation water savings per year.[1]
  • Sorghum farmers’ use of conservation tillage methods in biofuel demand areas can reduce air quality-harming erosion by more than 75 percent.[2]
  • Sorghum stalks left standing in the field add nutrients back into the soil, break up soil compaction, help retain moisture and reduce effects of wind erosion, improving soil health. [3]
  • Sorghum improves air quality by removing carbon from the atmosphere and safely storing it in the soil.[4]
  • Sorghum-based ethanol is a clean burning fuel that reduces particulate matter by 50 percent[5] and has a lower cost[6] of production compared to ethanol using other crops.
  • Sorghum offers valuable characteristics as it relates to wildlife conservation. Its stalks provide critical habitat and ideal winter cover for pheasants and quail.[7]


For Community Health

  • Those responsible for growing sorghum in the U.S. are among the safest and most well compensated work forces in the world.[1]
  • Sorghum has been key to providing global food aid. Since 2010, more than 116 million bushels[2] of sorghum have helped solve child hunger and food scarcity in developing countries.
  • One cup of cooked whole grain sorghum provides 14.8 grams of protein, and certain types of sorghum contain more antioxidants[3] than a serving of blueberries.


[1] https://data.oecd.org/earnwage/average-wages.htm
[2] Email communication with Justin Martinek Contract Specialist, International Commodity Procurement Division, Kansas City Commodity Office, 816-926-2853, justin.martinek@usda.gov
[3] https://sorghumgrowers.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Awika_PhenolsSorghumHealth-Abridged-Version-2017.pdf

For Economic Health

  • Sorghum-sourced ethanol has a lower cost of production compared to ethanol sourced from other crops.[1]
  • The U.S. sorghum industry relies 98 percent on domestic production.[2]
  • Grains are priced competitive with other food products[3], giving consumers a cost-effective source of calories with quality nutritional benefits.
  • Sorghum seed cost per acre is around $14.25 compared to the $105 for corn and $72.86 for soybeans.[4]

 

It’s easy to see why so many people are rediscovering this ancient grain.



 

Sorghum's Commitment

Seventy-four percent of U.S. sorghum acres use conservation tilling methods – and that’s just the beginning.[1]

Our commitment to sustainability looks at how we make progress on and off the farm field. Our drive for continuous improvement means creating efficient farming methods that benefit the environment, our growers and our partners.

Some of our initiatives include:

  • Investing in benchmarking research to track our environmental impact and inspiring growers on a path to continuous improvement.
  • Partnering with organizations who share our drive to provide food security, clean resources and better fuel to global communities.
  • Seeking to form an advisory council to ensure all U.S. sorghum growers are leaders in sustainable practices.
  • Creating programs and awards for farmers who embody our mission of creating a sustainable planet.


 

Small Grain, Big Impact 

Selecting sorghum is an easy decision. It’s a grain that ensures a sustainable future while serving as a cost-effective food, feed and fuel solution. If you’re interested in learning more about how sorghum sustains, download our infographic.

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