The United Sorghum Checkoff Program board of directors were sworn in by Secretary of Agriculture Ed Shafer recently in Washington, D.C. Afterwards the group met for the first time, including orientation by USDA’s Agriculture Marketing Service and election of officers.

“We had a very productive meeting this week at USDA’s headquarters and were able to make important decisions that will allow this checkoff program to accomplish its mission of improving profitability for sorghum producers,” said newly-elected president of the board, Bill Greving of Prairie View, Kansas. “I am honored to have been elected president of this board and look forward to serving sorghum producers nationwide in this critical transition time for the sorghum industry.”

Other officers include vice president, Bill Kubecka of Palacios, Texas; secretary, Jeff Casten of Quenemo, Kans., and treasurer, Dale Artho of Wilderado, Texas.

The board also approved a request for proposal process that will enable sorghum research projects to get under way this winter and deliver new technology to sorghum growers’ fields as quickly as possible. The board also approved bylaws and an initial budget.

Other members of the USCP Board include Gary Kilgore of Chanute, Kans.; Earl Roemer of Healy, Kans.; Greg Shelor of Minneola, Kans.; Billy Bob Brown of Panhandle, Texas; James Vorderstrasse of Hebron, Neb.; Troy Skarke of Claude, Texas; Louise Rigdon of Blackwell, Okla.; Stewart Weaver of Edmonson, Ark.; and Jerry Van Zee of Platte, S.D.