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Industry insiders set to present at farmer-focused Sorghum U

The farmer-focused Sorghum U program, which will highlight the profitability and water management qualities of grain sorghum, will take place at the Magouirk Conference Center in Dodge City, Kan., on Jan. 17, 2013, and the Overton Hotel and Convention Center in Lubbock, Texas, on Jan. 22, 2013.

The program will encourage informal discussions between industry insiders and both experienced and new growers alike.

Industry insiders are set to present information on a wide variety of topics ranging from marketing opportunities, basic and advanced agronomics, irrigation management, and other farm-level practices that will help increase producer profitability.

Justin Weinheimer, crop improvement director for the Sorghum Checkoff, will advise on water issues and irrigation management directly related to grain sorghum. Weinheimer has worked extensively with farmers on the evaluation of water usage and its effects on farm profits and the regional economy.

Joining Weinheimer at the Kansas location is Bill Golden, Kansas State University. Golden's expertise includes evaluating water policy and usage, and the impacts these have on the environment, producers and the regional economy.

Sorghum economics will be a featured breakout session at both locations, and the session includes discussions on specific topics such as inputs, insurance and profits. Chris Cogburn, strategic business director for the National Sorghum Producers, will present in Lubbock, and Art Barnaby, a risk management specialist with K-State, will present in Dodge City.

Scott Staggenborg, the director of technical services with Chromatin Inc., will present basic and advanced sorghum agronomics in Lubbock, and he will advance further into chemical resistance and weed control in the Dodge City session. Staggenborg brings 25 years of agronomic and crop physiology experience and is the former co-director of the Great Plains Sorghum Improvement Center. Staggenborg will be joined in Texas by Dan Kreig, a Lubbock County producer and former Texas Tech agronomist.

Marketing opportunities will be a featured breakout session at both locations and will feature risk management expert Kyle Smith, FC Stone Group and Matt Durler, Conestoga Energy.

To register for the event visit www.hpj.com/sorghumu or call 1-855-422-6652. There is no charge to attend the event and lunch is included.

This new two-event series is sponsored by the Sorghum Checkoff, Sorghum Partners, and High Plains Journal.

High Plains Journal and Midwest Ag Journal are weekly agriculture news publications with five geographic editions covering production agriculture across 12 states with paid readership. The Journal is based in Dodge City, Kan., and has brought essential industry news and markets to farm families and agriculture decision makers for more than 60 years throughout the core of production agriculture.

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a producer-funded organization that is dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education. For more information about the USCP and other research projects please visit www.sorghumcheckoff.com.

Chromatin, Inc. is focused on developing sorghum, both for traditional agriculture and for applications in renewable energy. Chromatin provides high-quality sorghum seeds to growers and producers who are attracted to the crop's rapid maturation, tolerance to heat, cold and drought, and high yields. Chromatin has optimized its product portfolio to create sorghum feedstocks that serve as ideal renewable resources for emerging bio-based industries such as liquid transportation fuels, chemicals, materials, and biopower. Today, Chromatin's products are sold in the US and in more than 20 countries, and its sorghum seeds are planted on over 4 million acres worldwide. For additional information, visit www.chromatininc.com.

Date: 12/31/2012



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