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Sorghum Smart Talk
31 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Sorghum Sustains with Tracy Zink
Sorghum Checkoff Sustainability Director Kira Everhart-Valentine returns to Sorghum Smart Talk this week to visit with Nebraska sorghum producer Tracy Zink. Tracy discusses her journey before the farm, why she began producing sorghum, and what sustainability means to her and her farm. Tune in to learn more about why producers like Tracy are choosing sorghum for sustainability.
27 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
U.S. Grains Council At-Large Director Verity Ulibarri
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with former Sorghum Checkoff Board Chairwoman and current U.S. Grains Council At-Large Director Verity Ulibarri. She looks back on her time with the Sorghum Checkoff and discusses what she has learned this past year on the USGC Board of Directors. Tune in to learn more about Verity and her re-election campaign to the U.S. Grains Council Board.
21 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
Ethanol Talk with Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. We discuss the role that farmers play in the production of ethanol, and what we as consumers can do to make a change in the world we live in. To learn more about ethanol and how to make a change visit https://getbiofuel.com/fuelbeyond/.
40 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
Meet Your USCP Board Chairman: Kent Martin
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with the new United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board Chairman Kent Martin. From Alva, Oklahoma, Martin runs a diverse crop operation while also managing an international consulting business. Tune in to learn more about Martin’s family, his business and journey back to the farm.
14 minutes | May 17, 2021
Pre-plant Considerations with Brent Bean, Ph.D.
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Director of Agronomy Brent Bean, Ph.D., to discuss last-minute planting considerations. To learn more about fertilizer recommendation, hybrid selection considerations and suggested seeding rates, listen in before you hit the field for #Plant21.
32 minutes | May 10, 2021
Powerful Pairings with Doug Bice
This week, we have Sorghum Checkoff Market Development Director Doug Bice on the podcast. Bice speaks about sorghum’s role in the consumer foods space and a new partnership between sorghum, pork and pulses called Powerful Pairings. To learn more about an emerging market for U.S. sorghum, listen in!
23 minutes | May 3, 2021
Food Is The Answer with Brandon Lipps
This week we visit with Brandon Lipps, former deputy undersecretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about hunger and food insecurity. Brandon explains how sorghum, and other American-grown commodities, could be the answer to hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Listen in to learn more about government programs, how these programs feed our neighbors and how American commodities could benefit.
22 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Market Outlook with Florentino Lopez
On this edition of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff International Market Development Director Florentino Lopez. He discusses commodity availability on a global scale and what these conditions could potentially mean for American sorghum farmers. To learn more about Florentino’s perspective on what marketing sorghum could look like for the next several years, tune in.
26 minutes | Apr 19, 2021
Market Update with Dan O'Brien
On this week’s episode, we visit with Dan O’Brien, an extension agricultural economist at Kansas State University. Dan is a long standing friend of Sorghum Smart Talk and we are excited to have him back on the podcast to discuss the recently released USDA prospective planting and WASDE reports. Tune in to learn more about marketing grain sorghum in the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 marketing years amid historically bullish price and basis.
21 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Waxy Sorghum 101 with Brent Bean, Ph.D.
On this week’s installment of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Director of Agronomy Brent Bean, Ph.D., to discuss waxy sorghum. Bean breaks down what makes waxy sorghum unique from grain sorghum, potential market opportunities and offers advice to growers who may be interested in growing waxy varieties. He wraps up the episode with last-minute consideration for the 2021 growing season, covering mostly fertilization options. Listen in!
14 minutes | Mar 8, 2021
Seed Availability for #Plant21
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, Corteva Strategic Account Manager Russell French discusses sorghum seed availability as growers begin to finalize planting decisions in northern Texas. Russell provides growers with planting considerations, hybrid selection and what the particular weather patterns could mean for seed supply. Tune in!
33 minutes | Mar 1, 2021
Partnering for Conservation & Sustainability
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Sustainability Director Kira Everhart-Valentin, Pheasants Forever Chris McLeland and Kansas sorghum farmer Garrett Love to talk about the sustainable relationship between sorghum operations and upland game bird populations. To learn more about this upcoming partnership from the perspective of our checkoff, a conservation group and a sorghum farmer, tune in! We might be a little biased—but this is an episode you won’t want to miss. Resources: https://pheasantsforever.org/ https://quailforever.org/ https://www.sorghumcheckoff.com/news-and-media/newsroom/2020/12/17/for-love-of-the-land/
21 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Meet Your USCP Executive Director: Norma Ritz Johnson
On this installment of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with the newest edition to the Sorghum Checkoff, Norma Ritz Johnson. After working for the Lubbock community for over a decade, Norma started serving as the checkoff’s executive director earlier this year. She brings a culmination of prior sorghum experience, expansive leadership capabilities and industry rapport to the Sorghum Checkoff’s team. We are excited to welcome Norma to the team—we hope you are, too!
24 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Sustainability Takes Center Stage with Dave White
We had Dave White from the 9B Group on this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk. Dave works for a benefit corporation focused exclusively on improving public health through agricultural channels. For Dave's insight into proposed climate initiatives and what could be expected in the sustainability space, tune in.
32 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Not Just A Farmer with Daniel Sell
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Daniel Sell—better known as Farmer Dan. Daniel describes his family’s farming operation in the Texas Panhandle, his experience on social media and how he advocates for agriculture to diverse audiences. To learn more about Dan and his online presence, listen in!
37 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Talking Trade with Patrick Wade
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Policy Director Patrick Wade about his role on the agricultural technical advisory committees for trade and what free trade could mean for American sorghum producers. To learn more about emerging market opportunities, the potential for existing market expansion and what is on the docket for trade policy, listen in.
22 minutes | Jan 11, 2021
2021 Outlook with Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust
We kick off 2021 with Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust on the year’s first installment of Sorghum Smart Talk. Sorghum just closed out one of the most exciting years to date, and the industry is looking forward to all the new things 2021 could bring. Lust discusses price, basis, exports, markets and more. You don’t want to miss this one!
14 minutes | Dec 14, 2020
Wrapping Up 2020 with Craig Poore
As 2020 comes to a close, the Sorghum Checkoff welcomes 2021 with open arms. On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Past Chairman Craig Poore from Alton, Kansas. Craig shares how his operation fared in 2020, reflects on his time with the Sorghum Checkoff and what he looks forward to in 2021 for the sorghum industry.
19 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Women in Agriculture with Miranda Barrett
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Miranda Barrett from Texas’ Coastal Bend. Barrett talks about her journey from a nurse in Houston, Texas, to a farmer in South Texas. She reflects on how her role has changed since she arrived on the farm, and what she is looking forward to in the future. Tune in!
30 minutes | Nov 30, 2020
An Agronomist’s Perspective with Brent Bean, Ph.D.
We visit with Sorghum Checkoff Agronomy Director Brent Bean, Ph.D., on this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk. Bean advises growers to consider the area’s projected weather forecast, different hybrids and the application of new technologies. Listen in to learn more!
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