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Secretary Vilsack Announces Sorghum Board Appointments T

he Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Oct. 3, 2014 the appointments of five members to serve on the United Sorghum

Checkoff Program board of directors. Members will serve three-year terms.

The growers appointed to the board include: • Adam Baldwin of Moundridge, Kan. • John L. Dvoracek of Farwell, Neb. • Dale Murden of Monte Alto, Texas • Carlton Bridgeforth of Tanner, Ala., at-large • Verity C. Ulibarri of McAlister, N.M., at-large

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 and the third largest production state is allocated one. There are four at-large postions for which at least two representatives must be appointed from states other than the three top sorghum producing states.

The 13-member board is authorized by the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996. The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture selected the appointees from sorghum producers nominated by certified producer organizations.

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Sorghum Genetic Pipeline, Continued

Weinheimer said multiseed offers an unprecedented opportunity for yield.

“There is a high correlation between grain yield and the number of seeds on a sorghum head.” Weinheimer said. “Multiseed can generate up to three times as many seeds in a sorghum head.”

While the full impact of multiseed is currently unknown, Weinheimer said it certainly offers plant breeders an opportunity to integrate a new platform of genetics with the potential for increasing yield that will be visibly seen in the field.

Advancing sorghum genetics is a numbers game and can take upwards of seven to 10 years to land in the hands of growers. The Sorghum Checkoff recently partnered with DuPont Pioneer to develop a plant breeding tool

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known as double haploid. This technology is common in other predominant crops and essentially allows plant breeders to shave years off of their breeding programs.

“If successful, this technology would allow sorghum breeders to incorporate ideal genetics into sorghum by as much as three years faster,” Weinheimer said. “With- in the fast-paced plant genetics community, this would allow sorghum to bring better hybrids to market faster.”

The horizon for sorghum genetics is bright. With accel- erated emphasis on the advancement of seed genetics, the pipeline of available tools continues to grow and

Sorghum Industry Events

Nov. 19-20 — Kansas Agribusiness Expo Wichita, Kan.

Nov. 27-28 — Thanksgiving Holiday (Office Closed) Lubbock, Texas

Dec. 6-8 — Texas Farm Bureau Meeting Corpus Christi, Texas

Dec. 9-11 — USCP Board of Directors Meeting Lubbock, Texas

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