Sorghum Fun Fact
Sorghum can be used a high quality aquatic feed.
Class I, 2012-2013
The Sorghum Checkoff is developing the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry with its Leadership Sorghum program.
Throughout the program, Leadership Sorghum Class I will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic research to international marketing. Through both hands-on and classroom style education, participants will gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. The program also provides professional development training and networking opportunities.
Leadership Sorghum seeks to develop the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry.
Recruit new leadership.
Expose participants to and educate them about the sorghum industry
Participants must be farmers actively engaged in sorghum production.
Leadership Sorghum will require five trips over 15 months, totaling 15 days. Applicants must agree to attend all sessions except in the case of family illness or emergency.
Class I Program Calendar
July 30-Aug. 1, 2013 – Houston, Texas
port operations, international marketing, next generation biofuels
December 12-13, 2013 – USCP Board Meeting (Location TBA)
USCP board operations, graduation
USCP will cover expenses for travel, lodging and meals based on USDA per diem requirements.
Leadership Sorghum Class II
The Sorghum Checkoff will be accepting applications for the second class of Leadership Sorghum in the spring of 2014.
The Class II schedule is tentatively:
- September 2014 – Texas High Plains - introduction, seed industry, basic and applied research
- November 2014 – Kansas - public research, domestic markets
- February 2015 – Washington, D.C. - government’s role in sorghum, checkoffs & interest groups
- July 2015 – Texas Gulf - port operations, international marketing, next generation biofuels
- December 2015 – USCP Board Meeting (Location TBA) - USCP board operations, graduation
Following the application deadline, all complete applications and references will be reviewed by a committee comprised of USCP board members and staff. Finalists may be contacted via telephone to arrange an interview. Class members and alternates will be notified of acceptance.