Arkansas Board Member to Chair United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP)
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U.S. Grains Council
U.S. Grains Council members are given a seat on one of their action teams: Biotechnology, Asia, Rest of World, Trade Policy, Membership and Communications, or Value-Added team. These teams steer the U.S. Grains Council decision making process in each of these areas. Tommy Young, represents Arkansas producers at the Grains Council and serves as the former Chairman of the Rest of the World (ROW) Action Team. As chairman of the ROW Team, Mr. Young traveled to Europe to promote sorghum during their grain shortage in 2009, and he participated in trade missions to Morocco and Egypt as well as helped the Council develop the ROW export strategy initiative. Additionally, Jon Carroll also serves on the Asia Action Team as Arkansas Farm Bureau's representative to the USGC.
National Corn Growers Association
As a corn producing state, the Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board is a member of the National Corn Growers Association. The Board participates in their Corn Congress process as well as the Mycotoxin Task Force. Mike Richardson is your representative to NCGA.
United Sorghum Checkoff Program
In 2011, the producer referendum passed approving a national sorghum checkoff, USCP. USCP was created in 2008 with the hope of improving sorghum research and promotion through a national checkoff of 0.5% of the value of sorghum. Through the program, millions of addition dollars of research has been spent on sorghum. Additionally, USCP funds a position at the U.S. Grains Council of a person whose only job is to promote sorghum internationally. This position has been so successful that other commodity organizations like barley and DDGs are now working to fund a similar position for their commodities. Stewart Weaver, represents Arkansas producers in one of the at-large positions on the USCP Board. Additionally, he is the vice chairman of the USCP Board.
Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE)
The Arkansas Corn and Grain Sorghum Board is working with other Southeastern States, as well as, the National Corn Growers to develop a region approach to fighting aflatoxin. The group is creating a system to pool money and University resources to create a cure for the disease that cost producers millions of dollars every year. Through the Center, researchers from different Universities are required to develop joint projects in three main areas: genetics, breeding and new control products. This group is still in its infancy, but the hope is that through formal University cooperation new ideas and methods for control will develop. Mike Richardson, represents Arkansas producers on this committee.