The Sorghum Checkoff is launching a new program to develop the next generation of leaders for the sorghum industry and is seeking applications for its inaugural class.
Leadership Sorghum Class I will be exposed to various aspects of the sorghum industry from basic research to international marketing. Through both hands-on and classroom style education, participants will gain an understanding of how sorghum moves through the value chain, how checkoffs and interest organizations interact on behalf of the industry and what the future holds for the crop. The program will also provide professional development training and networking opportunities.
"Strong leadership is key to the development and progress of any industry," said Bill Kubecka, chairman for the Sorghum Checkoff and producer from Palacios, Texas. "We believe Leadership Sorghum will help us recruit new leaders while educating and exposing them to all facets of our diverse industry."
Leadership Sorghum is now seeking applications from interested sorghum producers. Eligible applicants must be farmers actively engaged in sorghum production in the United States.
Applications and recommendations for Class I of Leadership Sorghum are due July 20, 2012. All completed applications and references will be reviewed by a committee comprised of USCP board members and staff. Class members and alternates will be notified of acceptance no later than August 3, 2012.
Electronic forms and a class schedule are available at www.SorghumCheckoff.com/leadership.