The Sorghum Checkoff has announced the first class of its new program that seeks to develop the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry. Fifteen sorghum farmers from eight different states have been selected for Leadership Sorghum. Sorghum Checkoff Chairman Bill Kubecka says the first class of the program is made up of a diverse group of farmers representing a wide variety of sorghum producing environments. He notes leadership is vital to the success of any industry – and has confidence the individuals chosen for Leadership Sorghum will gain the necessary resources to help lead the industry in the future.
The 15-month Leadership Sorghum Class I (one) will begin with sessions focused on the sorghum seed industry and research in the Texas Panhandle. Participants will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic research to international marketing throughout the program. Through hands-on and classroom style education – the 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. Professional development training and networking opportunities will also be provided.
Class I, 2012-2013
Kansas – Stephen Bigge, Stockton; Pat Damman, Clifton; Tanner Ehmke, Healy; Martin Kerschen, Garden Plain; Josh Levin, Kensington; Matt Splitter, Lyons; Shayne Suppes, Dighton
Louisiana – Luke Sayes, Deville
Nebraska – Mike Baker, Trenton
New Mexico – Seth Martin, Clovis
North Carolina – Johnnie Tyndall, Deep Run
Oklahoma – Jordan Shearer, Laverne
South Dakota – Adam Schindler, Reliance
Texas – Paul Morris, Hubbard; Joey Rieder, Sinton