The board's goal will be to boost sorghum demand, yield and value.
MANHATTAN, KANSAS, U.S. — TheCollaborative Sorghum Investment Program, a partnership of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, United Sorghum Checkoff Program and Kansas State University (KSU), has named its first advisory board. The CSIP was formed in early 2016 to increase demand, yield and value for the domestic sorghum industry.


Members of the  advisory board include: Larry Lambright, Chromatin consultant; Florentino Lopez, Sorghum Checkoff executive director; Stephen Bigge, Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission chairman; Gary Kilgore, KSU agronomy professor emeritus and Kansas Grain Sorghum commissioner; Gary Pierzynski, professor and head of the KSU Department of Agronomy; Cassie Jones, assistant professor and coordinator of undergraduate research of the KSU Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, and Sarah Sexton-Bowser, managing director of the Center for Sorghum Improvement.

The expertise of this board represents decades of successful sorghum breeding, animal nutrition, research and extension, market development and farming, the CSIP said in announcing the board members.

“The career knowledge brought by this group of individuals is second to none in the sorghum industry,” Sexton-Bowser said. “I am excited to bring the diverse expertise of this team together to focus on the important work of CSIP.”

Additional advisory members may be appointed with approval from the advisory board and contributions of $500,000 to the program.

The CSIP will work to increase national sorghum yield average to 100 bushels per acre, build an annual 1.25-billion-bushel market demand and decrease the trade discount to no greater than a 2% discount relative to corn.

K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the KSU campus in Manhattan, Kansas, U.S.