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Sorghum seminars planned

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The 2013 Sorghum Profitability Seminars will address critical aspects of sorghum production from economics and marketing opportunities to the weather. The seminars, sponsored by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association (NeGSPA), Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and UNL Cooperative Extension, will be held at two locations Jan. 22 to 23.

The first event will be held Jan. 22 in McCook, Neb., at the Red Willow County Fair Board Community Building. The second event will take place the following day, Jan. 23 at the Fairgrounds Exhibition Building in Fairbury, Neb. Registration begins each day at 9 a.m. with coffee and sorghum cookies.

"These are exciting times for sorghum growers," said Don Bloss, NeGSPA president from Pawnee City, Neb. "The recent announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency of sorghum as an advanced biofuel has a lot of folks taking time to rethink sorghum," he said. "Between the prolonged drought and sorghum's water-conserving nature along with new marketing opportunities, there's no better time to learn more about the crop."

The sorghum seminars will feature industry experts to present reliable and useful information on a variety of topics including the weather outlook, marketing strategies and new sorghum market opportunities, economics of production, nutrient management, sorghum under limited irrigation, feed and forage value of sorghum, and other farm-level management and production practices to make growing sorghum more profitable. The program is designed to provide farmers information they can apply immediately to their operations and, at the same time, gives them a chance to offer input on the sorghum checkoff.

The noon meal will feature a sorghum soup and sandwich lunch. Industry partners will have exhibits to showcase new products, production/management information, and new technology.

Advance registration is encouraged by emailing the Sorghum Board at sorghum.board@nebraska.gov. Admission to attend is $5, however, members of the Grain Sorghum Producers Association will be admitted free.

Producers wanting more information may contact the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board/NeGSPA office at 402-471-4276 or sorghum.board@nebraska.gov.

Date: 1/14/2013



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