Sorghum Checkoff Invests in Projects to Further Productivity
(NAFB)--After several months of reviewing projects in the crop improvement, high value and renewable priority areas - the United Sorghum Checkoff Program board is investing 1.85-million dollars in 16 projects targeted at furthering the productivity and profitability of sorghum growers. The Checkoff received 86 requests totaling 16.8-million dollars in the request for proposal that started in June. Sorghum Checkoff Executive Director Florentino Lopez says the response from this process reflects the energy sorghum growers are generating in the public and private research committees. The board of directors worked through proposals in a committee and board leadership process that included advise and expertise from external committee members. During their December meeting - producer leaders made a final decision on the projects to address key priorities for the sorghum industry. Funding of the proposals is contingent on approval from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.
[Here’s a list of the approved projects: Dr. Gary Pederson, USDA ARS was funded $100,000 for new genetic introduction; Dr. William Rooney, Texas A&M AgriLife Research was funded $264,885 for new genetic introduction; Dr. Patrica Brown, University of Illinois was funded $29,906 for new genetic introduction; Dr. Nancy Turner, Texas A&M AgriLife was funded $9,000 for food development; JPZ Consulting was funded $69,800 for the companion animal industry development; Dr. Bob Goodband, Kansas State University was funded $64,865 for livestock nutrition; Dr. Sung Woo Kim, North Carolina University was funded $98,103 for livestock nutrition; Dr. Vicki Schlegel, University of Nebraska was funded $226,696 for food development; Dr. Davina Rhodes, University of South Carolina was funded $26,000 for food development; Dr. Rebecca Lochmann, University of Arkansas was funded $29,628 for livestock nutrition; Dr. Sajid Alavi, Kansas State University was funded $68,550 for the companion animal industry; Greg Aldrich, Kansas State University was funded $119,700 for the companion animal industry; Dr. Gillian Eggleston, USDA ARS was funded $19,600 for biofuels enhancement; Dr. Robert Moreau, USDA ARS was funded $314,083 for coproduct enhancement; Joseph James, Agri-Tech Producers was funded $275,000 for biofuels enhancement; Dr. Donghai Wang, Kansas State University was funded $140,000 for biofuels enhancement.]