#Classic17 General Session

Cindy Zimmerman

A time-honored tradition of the Commodity Classic general session is the talk show style interviewing of the sponsoring organizations’ representatives – a panel which has grown to five now with the addition of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers last year. Appearing on the stage with emcee Mark Mayfield this year were: American Soybean Association president Ron Moore of Illinois National …

AEM, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, Corn, NAWG, NCGA, NSP, sorghum, Wheat

Sorghum Yield Winners Announced

Cindy Zimmerman

This year’s winners of the National Sorghum Producers Yield Contest have been announced and the top yield for 2016 comes in at 208.40 bushels per acre. “The future looks really bright for the sorghum industry because of the way we’ve seen our national average yield increase and as we get closer to the 250 bushel per acre goal in this …

Award, NSP, sorghum

Sorghum Producers Elect New Chairman

Kelly Marshall

The National Sorghum Producers board of directors has selected Don Bloss to serve as chairman. “Don Bloss is an experienced voice in the sorghum industry, having served previously as the chair of NSP’s Legislative Committee,” said Tim Lust, NSP CEO. “We look forward to his contributions and insights as NSP engages in discussions related to the next farm bill.” Other returning …

Ag Group, NSP, sorghum

StollerUSA and NSP Announce Sorghum Shootout

Lizzy Schultz

The National Sorghum Producers (NSP) announced the installment of Sorghum Shootout, a new grower program, during the 2016 Commodity Classic. The announcement was made with the support of StollerUSA, NSP’s newest gold partner and Sorghum Shootout sponsor. The Shootout, set to begin in May, is the latest installment of a yield contest held by NSP over the past three years, which …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, NSP, sorghum, StollerUSA

Commodity Group Presidents Address Issues

Chuck Zimmerman

Once again this year Mark Mayfield emceed the general session at Commodity Classic taking place in New Orleans. The tradition of bringing the presidents of the commodity groups on stage had a twist with the addition of the Association of Equipment Manufactures Ag Chair, Jim Walker. Mayfield introduced them one at a time and asked them what the critical issues …

AEM, Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NCGA, NSP

Wheat & Sorghum Leaders Highlight Industry Issues

Lizzy Schultz

The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) each held a press conference on issues facing their industries during the 2016 Commodity Classic. Representatives from NAWG discussed several pieces of legislation that will have a significant impact on wheat growers and industry partners, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and GMO labeling laws. Their latest efforts …

Ag Group, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NSP, sorghum, Wheat

Julia Debes Named Communication Director at NSP

Kelly Marshall

Julia Debes will now be serving as the communications director for the National Sorghum Producers.  She will be working as associate editor for the Sorghum Grower magazine and supporting the organization through public relations and marketing communications. Debes joins NSP with eight years of experience in communications and public relations, most recently operating her own business, North Homestead Communications. Before …

Ag Group, Company Announcement, NSP, sorghum

Farm Bill Top Topic at NAFB Trade Talk

Cindy Zimmerman

For the third year in a row now, the main topic of discussion at the NAFB Trade Talk was farm bill, or lack thereof. Despite reports that high hopes are fading for a farm bill yet this year, the ag group representatives we talked to were still cautiously optimistic. “I think progress is being made and I’m still confident that …

AFBF, Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Corn, Farm Bill, NAFB, NSP, sorghum, Soybean

Commodity Classic Presidents Speak Out

Chuck Zimmerman

A highlight of the general session of Commodity Classic is the visit with the Presidents. Here are our four commodity group presidents. Moderator Mark Mayfield is seated on the left. To the right of him are Terry Swanson, National Sorghum Producers; Erik Younggren, National Association of Wheat Growers; Pam Johnson, National Corn Growers Association and Danny Murphy, American Soybean Association. …

Ag Group, ASA, Audio, Commodity Classic, NAWG, NCGA, NSP

Important Issues to Sorghum Producers

Chuck Zimmerman

During Commodity Classic I got to visit with Terry Swanson, Chairman, National Sorghum Producers. I asked him what his message is to not only sorghum producers but all the farmers belonging to the four commodity groups at Classic and he says, “We have to be unified.” He says that altogether they’re still a small group of people that need to …

Ag Group, Audio, Biofuels, Commodity Classic, Ethanol, NSP, sorghum