Sorghum Industry Slowly But Surely Making Comeback From Last Spring's ChallengesFri, 01 Mar 2019 16:01:33 CST
Drawing on a farm background, work experience in the cattle industry and more than 25 years in the sorghum industry, Tim Lust serves as CEO of both National Sorghum Producers (NSP) and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP). After Tim's press conference Friday at the 2019 Commodity Classic, he shared the bright spots he is seeing within the sorghum industry with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn.
Along with their 2019 Congressional Award presented to Sen. Jerry Moran in January of this year, the NSP recognized Sec. Perdue as the first ever Sorghum Champion administrative recipient for his leadership and support of sorghum farmers during the international trade case sorghum endured with China in 2018.
“He was extremely helpful in helping the white house understand the challenges last spring,” said Lust. “We’re excited again about USTR in the position that they are, the white house is where they are, and that we seem to be making progress.”
Optimistic about trade negotiations Lust says he sees many bright spots for the sorghum industry.
“The European Union is really stepping up and taking quite a bit of our product. Led by Spain, but even Italy came into the market last week,” Lust said. “Saudi Arabia was a tremendous buyer of some of the boats when we had them diverted back from China last year as well.”
Unfortunate droughts are hurting growers in Australia, one of the other largest sorghum suppliers in the world. Fortunate for the US, this has increased opportunities to export in Australia and could help us work into China.
Click the LISTEN BAR to hear Tim’s full update with Carson on the anti-dumping case with China, trade deals, NSP’s new website launched yesterday, plus the sorghum industry’s perspective on the new Farm Bill.
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