North Carolinian Makes First Class for Sorghum Leadership Program

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.


Leadership Sorghum

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 is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.