Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Sorghum Board Appointments

Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 11:00am

Release No.: 141-15

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed four members to serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board.  Members will serve 3-year terms.

Producers appointed to the board are:  Craig A. Poore, Alton, Kansas; Boyd Funk, Garden City, Kansas; Jim Massey IV, Robstown, Texas; and one at-large member, David Fremark, Saint Lawrence, South Dakota.

The board is structured so that the state with the largest production is allocated five positions. The state with the second largest production is allocated three positions.  The state with the third largest production is allocated one position.  There are four at-large national positions for which at least two representatives must be appointed from states other than the top three sorghum producing states.  The maximum number of producers from one state is limited to six.

The board is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996.  The Secretary selected the appointees from sorghum producers nominated by certified sorghum producer organizations.

Research and promotion programs are industry-funded, authorized by Congress, and date back to 1966.  Since then, Congress has authorized the establishment of 22 research and promotion boards.  They empower farmers and ranchers to leverage their own resources to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets, and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight, paid for by industry assessments, which ensures fiscal responsibility, program efficiency and fair treatment of participating stakeholders.

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