LUBBOCK, TEXAS, US — The National Sorghum Producers board of directors has elected and appointed new members to lead the board.

Kody Carson was elected as board chairman and Craig Meeker as vice chairman. Dan Atkisson was re-appointed to the board and will transition to the role of past chairman.

“Kody and Craig are strong leaders who will guide our board and industry with intelligence and grit,” Atkisson said. “I look forward to seeing the growth and continued excellence of NSP under their leadership.”

The board also elected new directors — Marc Adams and Jay Wilder — who will serve three-year terms.

Adams is the regional vice president for CoBank and an ambassador for an internal program to advance knowledge and understanding of legislative issues that affect Farm Credit and rural America. He is a member of the Texas Agricultural Cooperative Council and also serves on the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Association board.

Wilder is a diversified crop and livestock producer. He has held positions on many state and national agriculture boards, including the US Grains Council and as chairman of the Texas Grain Sorghum Association.

“Marc and Jay both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the board in their respective areas,” said Tim Lust, chief executive officer of NSP. “We look forward to the contributions they will offer as we confront issues like international trade, the farm economy and other policy initiatives that are important to US sorghum farmers.”

The NSP board of directors also recognized two sorghum industry leaders who ended their terms on the board Sept. 30.

Don Bloss has been on the board since 2012. He was chairman from 2016-18 and past chairman from 2018-20. Larry Dahlsten has been on the board since 2014.

“We are greatly appreciative of the leadership and guidance Don and Larry have provided through their years of service,” Atkisson said. “Their dedication to improving all aspects of the sorghum industry is evident by their passion and the time they have devoted on behalf of sorghum farmers nationwide and to the betterment of our organization.”

New directors and officers took their respective positions on the NSP board on Oct. 1.