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Sorghum producers board confident of checkoff passage

The National Sorghum Producers board March 2 expressed general optimism about approval of the sorghum checkoff. The group, however, expressed some impatience in awaiting results of the vote concluded Feb. 28 by The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

“We’re in a hurry up and wait mode,” said Tim Lusk, USP CEO. “We lost an appeal on allowing some votes out of Arkansas by producers who had flooded forage acres and the vote of some farmers in New Mexico that had sorghum acres in rotation that died. It’s something we’ll have to work with USDA on to make the vote more understandable.”

Terry Swanson, NSP Vice-Chairman, summed up the anxious moments in awaiting the results.

“It’s kind of like root canal,” Swanson said.

NSP holds its annual general session at Commodity Classic March 3. Featured speakers include Dave White, chief of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, who will discuss new features of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP); Phil Bradshaw, vice president of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance; Carlos Rionda, president of SouthEast Renewable Fuels, LLC., a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., biofuel refiner and importer; and Sara Wyant, Agri-Pulse columnist for High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal, who will offer her take on the Washington policy scene.

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