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FEA TURES A Familiar Story


Farmer’s journal of 1950s drought details ag’s struggle Q&A with the New NSP Chairman


Colorado farmer Terry Swanson takes the reins


Federal Defi cit Reduction & Your Farm Committees, gangs and groups


Drought May Impact Seed Supply Order your sorghum seed early


The Responsible Crop Sorghum remains reliable crop for Tregellas Family Farms


DEP ARTMENT S Chairman’s Desk: Changing of the guard Capitol Hill: Hitting the Hill, D.C. Fly-In


E-Member Update: Equity Marketing Alliance


NSP Update: Sorghum price reporting will continue Lab to Cab: How sorghum can protect the Ogallala Sorghum Shortcuts: New directors join NSP board


on the cover


Texas sorghum farmer Blake Tregellas says sorghum is the responsible crop for his family’s farming operation. Read more about how Tregellas Family Farms utilizes sorghum and no- till as risk management tools in the Texas Panhandle on p. 20.


Photo by Lindsay Kennedy


SORGHUM Grower Volume 5, Issue 4


Fall 2011


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FAX (806) 749-9002 www.sorghumgrowers.com BOARD OF DIRECTORS


TERRY SWANSON ......................Walsh, Colorado Chairman of the Board


J.B. STEWART ............................ Keyes, Oklahoma Vice Chairman


GERALD SIMONSEN............... Ruskin, Nebraska Past Chairman


JAMES BORN ....................................Booker, Texas TONY HEITSCHMIDT ................Bushton, Kansas DAN KRIENKE .............................. Perryton, Texas GREG KRISSEK ..............................Wichita, Kansas SAM SIMMONS .........................Harlingen, Texas LEON SOWERS .........................Murdock, Kansas DAVID THOMAS .........................New Deal, Texas TOM WILLIS ................................... Liberal, Kansas


STAFF TIM LUST SHARI CONNELL CEO Operations Manager


CHRIS COGBURN Strategic Business Director LINDSAY KENNEDY


External Aff airs Director and Sorghum Grower Editor


JENNIFER BLACKBURN Communications Coord. KELLY RINEY ........................Development Director BRUCE MAUNDER GARY BAISE


Research Advisor General Counsel


COMBEST, SELL & ASSOC. D.C. Representation


Sorghum Grower is published by the National Sorghum Producers, an organization that represents U.S. sorghum producers and the sorghum industry. NSP is headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, in the heart of the U.S. Sorghum Belt. The organization serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative and regulatory representation and education. To subscribe, make address changes, or inquire about membership or advertising, please call (800) 658-9808 or email Sorghum Grower editor Lindsay Kennedy at lindsay@sorghumgrowers.com.


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