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Business, Not Science Decision
While corn and grain sorghum growers slept last night, trial
attorneys from Texas and Illinois were likely popping corks on
bottles of champagne, celebrating a non-science based settlement
with Syngenta, the maker of the herbicide atrazine. Jere White,
executive director of the Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas
Grain Sorghum Producers Association said while community water
systems in several states, including Kansas, had joined the class
action lawsuit, the real winners will be the attorneys who will skim
about $35 million off the top of the $105 million settlement.
3-2-12--Kansas Corn and Grain Sorghum
Join Governor Brownback in Celebrating Kansas Agriculture Week
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has proclaimed March 4-10, 2012 as
Kansas Agriculture Week in order to recognize and celebrate the
abundance provided by Kansas agriculture.
2-29-12—Top Grain Sorghum Producing
Counties in Kansas
North Central Kansas had the highest production of grain sorghum in 2011.
Last year, production was highest mostly in the Southwest portion of
Kansas. The state saw much warmer and drier conditions this year compared
to last and production shifted due to drought in the Southern two-thirds
of the state.
2-22-12--Growers Meet at Kansas
Policy, markets and weather were the topics covered by speakers at the
2012 Kansas Commodity Classic this week. Growers gathered at the
DoubleTree by Hilton Wichita Airport Hotel on Tuesday for the event.
2-15-12--Kansas Sorghum Grower Testifies
at Senate Ag Committee on Energy and Economic Growth in Rural America
Bill Greving, a diversified farmer from
Prairie View, Kansas testified before the Senate Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition and Forestry in Washington, DC on Feb. 14. Greving talked to the
committee about his involvement in the Prairie Horizon Agri-Energy ethanol
plant in Phillipsburg, and the benefits the plant has for his community
and his crop and livestock operation. Greving explained that he and his
wife are investors in the ethanol plant, suppliers of grain to the plant
and buyers of wet distillers grain for their livestock feeding operation.
"Farms like ours are proof that ethanol production, grain production and
meat production work together. In this synergistic system we are growing
feed, fuel and food on my farm," Greving said.
He also emphasized the economic benefit the
plant had brought the the community and the importance of programs like
the 9005 Program in the Energy Title of the 2008 Farm Bill that offer
incentives for ethanol plants to use grain sorghum as an advanced biofuel
feedstock. "The 9005 program is a program that works and encourages alternative
feedstocks for ethanol. This program has encouraged the use of grain
sorghum in Kansas ethanol at a time when we are all paying more attention
to water conservation. Sorghum makes sense in Kansas and growers will
plant it if they have strong markets for their crop. The 9005 program
helps to ensure that our ethanol plants will remain committed to using
grain sorghum as a feedstock."
link to read Mr. Greving's written statement to the Senate Agriculture
this link to watch a video of Mr. Greving's testimony before the Senate
12-15-11--Two Kansas Farms Are Winners
in National Sorghum Yield and Management Contest
Two Kansas sorghum producers earned national honors in the National
Sorghum Yield and Management Contest. Levin Farms, in Phillips County won
the Non-Irrigated Bin Buster award with their No-Till Non-Irrigated entry.
The Levin Farms yield was 185.9 bushels per acre, which was 105 bushels
per acre over the county average. Levin farms planted Pioneer 85G46. Jerry
and Sue Long, of Long Farms in Washington County placed second in the
Conventional Till-Non-Irrigated division. The Longs had a yield of 168.52
bushels per acre, 76 bushels over the county average. The Longs planted
Pioneer 84G62. State and National Winners will be recognized at the NSP
Yield and Management Contest Awards Dinner on Friday, March 2, during the
2012 Commodity Classic March 1-3 in Nashville, Tennessee
this link for list of state sorghum yield contest winners
11-10-11--Top Grain Buyers from
Israel Visit Kansas Office
A group of grain traders from Israel visited the Kansas Corn
Commission and association, and the Kansas Grain Sorghum
Producers Association this week. The Trade Mission was
arranged by the US Grains Council to introduce the Israeli
traders to the US grain industry. The group included Danny
Olshaker, CEO of Shovre-bar, the largest course grain importer
in Israel. He was accompanied by the principles of the four
largest feed milling operations in Israel, and the CEO of
another feed import company. The group was accompanied by US
Grains Council sorghum staffer Kevin Roepke.
Israel’s feed imports were privatized in the late 1980’s. This
led to the three largest central feed mills, Ambar, Miloubar
and Zemach and nine Regional Purchasing Organizations to
establish a trading company, Shovre-bar. Shovre-bar’s mission
is to serve as the central purchasing organization for the
three feed mills and RPOs, representing 290 poultry and
livestock producer co-ops.
Israel is dependent on coarse grain imports, totaling 3.2 MMT
(120 million bushels) last year. Of this amount, Shovre-bar
imported 2 MMT (80 million bushels), representing more than 65
percent of the total coarse grains imported and supplied 1.3
MMT to the central feed mills (representing more than 60
percent of Israel’s total compound feed production).
The group stopped by the Kansas Corn and Kansas Grain Sorghum
offices after participating in a short course at the
International Grains Program (IGP) at Kansas State University.
They also made several visits in Kansas City, including the
Kansas City Board of Trade, grain trading companies and USDA/GIPSA.
The trade team visited several states during its 14-day visit
in the United States.
11-2-11--Eight Kansas Ethanol
Plants Receive Advance Biofuels Funds
Kansas ethanol plants account for eight of the 14 ethanol
producers to receive pay payments through the USDA's Bioenergy
Program for Advanced Biofuels program. USDA announced the
payments on Oct. 31. Payments are based on biofuels produced
from renewable biomass other than corn starch. Ethanol from
grain sorghum qualifies for the advanced biofuels program.
“Sorghum and corn are interchangeable in the ethanol making
process,” KGSPA Communications Director Sue Schulte said.
“Kansas is the nation’s leading producer of sorghum, growing
between 40 and 50 percent of the nation’s crop annually. In
fact, Kansas is predicted to produce 52 percent of the 2011
crop. Having both sorghum and corn as feedstock ibenefits our
Kansas ethanol producers.”
Applaud Trade Agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama
The Free Trade Agreements with Korea, Columbia and Panama
passed by the House and Senate last night were welcome news to
sorghum producers, according to the Kansas Grain Sorghum
Producers Association. The Free Trade Agreements were passed
after being stalled for nearly five years. Senator Jerry Moran
and Senator Pat Roberts both voted in favor of the three
agreements. The state’s four U.S. Representatives also
supported the FTAs in votes on the House floor with District
Congressman Tim Huelskamp, Second District Congresswoman Lynn
Jenkins, Third District Congressman Kevin Yoder and Fourth
District Congressman Mike Pompeo all voting in favor.
KGSPA President Greg Shelor, Minneola, said the trade
agreements would benefit Kansas agriculture and the state’s
economy. Total Kansas ag exports top were valued at nearly $5
billion in 2010.
“Being a land-locked state, we don’t always think about
exports, but they are very important to Kansas growers,”
Shelor said. “Kansas is the nation’s leading producer of
sorghum, growing about half of the nation’s crop. The U.S. is
the world’s top sorghum exporting country. On average, about
40 percent of the U.S. sorghum crop is exported.”
9-13-11--Children, Adults Learn in Agriland at the State Fair
At Agriland, an
interactive display at the Kansas State Fair, kids can find a
cow to milk; a combine cab to climb into; saddles to sit on;
buckets of grain to reach into; a soil tunnel to walk through
and more. Several agricultural groups work together in
Agriland, located in the Pride of Kansas building. The Kansas
corn and Kansas grain sorghum organizations man the exhibit
the first day and last day of the fair.
Pictured left: KGSPA board member
Jeff Filinger, Cuba,
talks to a family visiting Agriland at the
Kansas State Fair.
9-2-11--Harnessing the Power of
Plants: Studying Sorghum Genetics to Fuel Green Energy
Those choices at the pump may look a little greener in the
future as a Kansas State University research team is
conducting a study that could eventually add "plant" to the
list of fuel options.
President Greg Shelor Testifies at Senate Ag Committee Field
KGSPA President Greg Shelor testified Thursday before the
Senate Ag Committee field hearing at Wichita. Read his written
4-14-11--Kansas Atrazine BMPs—Oldies
When you hear a song on the radio that’s been around for
years, you find yourself singing along. Kansas farmers feel
the same way about their atrazine best management practices.
Through their state checkoffs, Kansas corn and grain sorghum
growers funded research at Kansas State University to develop
atrazine best management practices in 1996. Fifteen years
later, growers are still using these BMPs to reduce atrazine
runoff, according to Jere White, executive director of the
Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas Grain Sorghum
4-8-2011--Kansas Sorghum Association
Celebrates Passage of Sorghum Checkoff
USDA announced the results of the referendum of the United
Sorghum Checkoff Program today. Over 76 percent of the growers
who voted in the referendum supported the continuation of the
checkoff. USDA conducted the Sorghum Checkoff referendum in
"That is a significant margin of approval," according to Jere
White, Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association executive
director. "In the short time it has existed, USCP has made
great strides not only in research, but also building markets
for sorghum growers. I think growers recognized the need for
the sorghum checkoff and voted accordingly."
Continue to Step Up to Meet Demand
Kansas corn and sorghum producers will plant a combined 7.6
million acres of feedgrains this year, according to the
National Agricultural Statistics Service Prospective Plantings
report. Kansas corn farmers are expected to plant 5.1 million
acres of corn, up five percent from 2010 and the largest area
planted since 1936. Kansas sorghum farmers are expected to
plant 2.5 million acres, up six percent from last year.
Kansas will plant over 44 percent of
the nation's sorghum crop. Jere White, executive
director of the Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas
Grain Sorghum Producers Association said growers are committed
to meeting the needs of their customers.
at Kansas Commodity Classic
Senator Pat Roberts comments
to former colleague Larry Combest at the Kansas Commodity
Classic. Sen. Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Ag
Committee, and former House Ag Committee chairman, spoke at
the Kansas Commodity Classic Feb. 22 at Great Bend. More than
250 growers attended. The Senator shared the stage with
retired Congressman Larry Combest (R-Texas), who also served
as House Ag Committee Chair during his tenure in Congress.
Senator Roberts also delivered a speech at the Kansas
Commodity Classic Luncheon.
Follow this link to read the text of the speech.
WAKE UP TO KANSAS AGRICULTURE BREAKFAST--Governor Brownback
and Kansas Agriculture Secretary Dale Rodman (2nd from the
right)joined the pancake crew made up of Kansas grain sorghum, corn,
wheat and soybean farmers at the pancake breakfast in March.