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SHORTCUTS SORGHUM


SHORTCUTS NSP Welcomes Three New Directors to Board T


he National Sorghum Producers board of directors elected three new members to its board at its annual August meeting.


Samuel Simmons of Harlingen, Texas, Tom Willis of Lib- eral, Kan., and Greg Krissek of Wichita, Kan., offi cially took offi ce as board members Oct. 1, 2011.


Simmons, a fourth generation South Texas sorghum farmer, brings experienced leader- ship to the board through his service on numerous cott on boards, including serving as past president of the South Tex- as Cott on and Grain Producers.


“Sorghum provides a lot of


Sam Simmons, Harlingen, Texas


unique opportunities,” Simmons said. “I think it’s a market that will continue to grow as we fi nd diff erent venues for sorghum.”


Willis is CEO of Conestoga Energy Partners LLC in south- western Kansas and is also a sorghum gorwer. He brings another perspective to the board, representing an ethanol company that is the largest end user of sorghum in the nation.


Willis is passionate about the fu- ture and wellbeing of sorghum. The crop is vital to his company, and he is ready to be a part of an association board that will be a driving force in benefi tt ing and expanding the ethanol industry.


“Being a member of this board provides me with an opportu- nity to help positively infl uence


26 Tom Willis, Liberal, Kansas


sorghum production,” Willis said, “whether it is from an environmental, regulatory or research perspective.”


Krissek, who also comes from the ethanol industry, is the di- rector of government aff airs for ICM Inc., in Wichita, Kan.


Greg Krissek, Wichita, Kansas


Krissek has served in leader- ship roles on multiple boards and has previous involvement with the Kansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Association. His extensive background in legislative, regulatory and government aff airs will un- doubtedly benefi t NSP and its members as agriculture faces


challenges with budget cuts and changing government regulations. He is also very optimistic about sorghum’s future role in the biofuels market.


“I see sorghum as one of the bright spots for meeting the biofuels production goals, especially as an advanced biofuel,” Krissek said. “I’m excited to serve on the NSP board to help further this opportunity for ag producers and agribusiness.”


Simmons, Willis and Krissek will replace NSP Past Chair- man Toby Bostwick of Melrose, New Mexico, Brian McCuis- tion of Odem, Texas, and Eric Mork of Wichita, Kan. Each of the three outgoing directors have served on the board for the last three years.


National Sorghum Producers would like to sincerely thank all three gentlemen for their faithful service and commit- tment to NSP and the sorghum industry. Their leadership has undoubtedly played an integral role in the association’s successes in recent years.


SORGHUM Grower Fall 2011


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