LUBBOCK, TEXAS, US —During its annual December meeting, leaders of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) elected Charles Ray Huddleston of Celina, Texas, as the 2022 chairman along with three additional elected officers. Meanwhile, four directors were sworn in to complete their appointment or reappointment to the board by the US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. All four appointees will serve three-year terms starting December 2021 and ending December 2024.

“With increased sorghum acres in 2021, improving yields, new markets, and new herbicide tolerant technology, this is an exciting time for US sorghum, both internationally and domestically,” Huddleston said. “I am grateful for the support of my fellow board members, and I am honored to continue the great work of our checkoff. The board is composed of experienced, well-respected leaders who provide valuable and strategic guidance. I look forward to continuing the board’s success and I am excited about sorghum’s future."

The newly elected USCP executive committee and newly appointed board directors include:

  • Charles Ray Huddleston, chairman — Celina, Texas
  • Adam Schindler, vice chairman — Reliance, South Dakota
  • Jeffry Zortman, treasurer — Fowler, Kansas
  • Kendall Hodgson, secretary — Little River, Kansas
  • Macey Mueller, Kansas member — Halstead, Kansas
  • Kimberly Baldwin, Kansas member — McPherson, Kansas
  • Kevin Pshigoda, Texas member — Perryton, Texas

“We are extremely excited to have this group of newly appointed board members join Team Sorghum,” said Tim Lust, chief executive officer, Sorghum Checkoff. “Their hard work and leadership will be great assets to not only the board but the future of the sorghum. The efforts of our retiring directors do not go unnoticed; we appreciate everything they have done and are thankful to have them as a strong ally for the sorghum industry.”