Candidates Sought For National Sorghum Checkoff Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced  four positions that will become vacant on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board (Board) in December 2013.  As organizations in Nebraska certified to nominate producers to serve on the Board, the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association and Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, collectively, seek sorghum producers interested in appointment to the Board.

Vacancies on the Board in 2013 include 2 fixed seats to be filled by Kansas producers, 1 fixed seat to be filled by a Texas producer and one at-large seat.  The only seat for which Nebraska producers would be eligible is the at-large seat. These vacancies are created by members whose terms will expire at the Board’s winter meeting in December 2013.

In accordance with the statute, persons interested in being nominated must be sorghum producers and need to complete and submit USDA’s Form AD-755 – Advisory Committee Membership Background Information, and the Nominee’s Agreement to Serve Form along with a cover letter outlining their interest to serve on the Board.  Application forms may also be accessed on USDA’s website at: www.ams.usda.gov/lsmarketingprograms by selecting the “Sorghum Program.”

Completed applications must be received at the office of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board by May 3, 2013.  Completed forms may be sent by mail service, Fax to 402/471-3040, or by email to sorghum.board@nebraska.gov

The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, NeGSPA, and Nebraska Farm Bureau will jointly nominate two producers for the vacancy and forward nominees to USDA for appointment by Ag Secretary Thomas Vilsack.

The Nebraska Certified Sorghum Organizations are committed to inclusion, and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, genetic information, parental status, and marital or family status.  All Eligible sorghum growers are encouraged to make application to be considered for nomination to the USCP Board.

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