The National Sorghum Producers (NSP) announced today that Gerald Simonsen will assume leadership of the NSP Board of Directors to serve as chairman for the coming year. The Board voted during its August meeting to elect Simonsen to fill the role of former chairman, Toby Bostwick. His term was effective Oct.1.

Simonsen, a sorghum producer from Ruskin, Neb., previously served as vice chairman of the board. He said he is proud to fill such an important role and has a good support system in the Board.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be elected to this position,” Simonsen said. “I want to thank Toby for his service and I appreciate his commitment and dedication; I think we have a great board and I hope I can do as well as Toby has done this year.”

Bostwick, a sorghum producer from Melrose, N.M., will now serve as NSP’s past chairman. Bostwick said he is thankful for his previous role as chairman and looks forward to Simonsen’s leadership.

“To have held this position is truly an honor; I have enjoyed the past year and am looking forward to seeing what Gerald has in store for the future,” Bostwick said. “I know he will do a great job leading this board.”

Terry Swanson, who will assume the role of vice chairman, is a sorghum producer out of Walsh, Colo. Swanson said he is ready to begin his term and is confident in Simonsen’s abilities to lead the organization to continued success.

“Gerald brings a passion for sorghum and it’s obvious that his heart is with the industry, so I look forward to his leadership,” Swanson said.

Under its new leadership, NSP will continue to efficiently and effectively represent the interests of the U.S. sorghum industry.

NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers. The organization serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative representation, regulatory representation, and education. To learn more visit NSP.