Virgil Smail Executive Director of USCP

Chuck Zimmerman

United Sorghum Checkoff ProgramVirgil Smail has been named the Executive Director of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.

With a strong history of industry and commodity association management, Smail will bring great experience and leadership to the USCP. As President and CEO of the American Institute of Baking, Smail was responsible for drastically expanding institute programs and worked with a Board of Directors representing the top 30 baking and allied industry presidents and senior vice presidents. In his most recent career accomplishment, Smail served as Senior Director of Research and Development for the Milling Division of ConAgra Foods.

“The USCP Board and I look forward to working with Virgil and are extremely confident in his leadership ability,” Bill Greving, USCP Board Chair, said. “He brings a successful track record from his past employment and brings a level of expertise that we believe will be beneficial in furthering Checkoff Program initiatives to improve profitability for sorghum producers.”

Smail served as the first full-time Director and CEO of the National Association of Wheat Growers Foundation in Washington, D.C. and collaborated closely with growers and industry representatives while implementing Foundation activities. He also worked with sorghum breeding programs as the Vice-President of Corporate Development for Biotechnica Agriculture and on the Egyptian Major Cereals Improvement Program in Egypt, a USAID funded project.

The organization has positions open for: Communications Director, Marketing Director and Field Services Director (pdf)

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