The National Sorghum Producers (NSP) has changed its name, adopted a new governing structure and celebrated its 50th anniversary. "As they say, it's all in a day's work," said NSP President James Vorderstrasse of Hebron, Neb.

Vorderstrasse said that the name change from the National Grain Sorghum Producers to the National Sorghum Producers recognizes the sustained growth of the forage segment of the industry. "We made the change to recognize our ongoing commitment and involvement to both grain and forage sorghum producers."

As part of the new structure, a delegate body will be formed from members and industry supporters. The delegates will serve one-year terms and meet annually. They will be charged with electing the board of directors and president-elect, they will recommend organizational direction to the board of directors and they will also adopt and amend bylaws.

According to Vorderstrasse, the new structure will make room for industry participation in the organization. "Corporate partners who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us will now get a seat at the governing table. We think this will only make us stronger and better equipped to meet challenges. We are moving in the right direction for our industry."

The smaller, elected board made up of 15 directors will set the organizational direction and will ensure the organization is staying on mission. Officers will serve one-year terms with a formal rotation of president-elect, president and past president. Standing committees and work teams, made up of producers and professionals, will also contribute to the work of the organization by planning and implementing programs to meet member needs.

More efficiency

"In recent years, the board has grown to more than 30 directors. Our new smaller board will operate more efficiently and will allow the organization to respond to issues in a more timely manner," said NSP Executive Director Tim Lust. "I believe that these changes will allow our board to continue moving our industry forward."

A transition team was appointed to manage the implementation process. The new structure will take effect Oct. 1. The first delegate body meeting will take place at the North American Grain Congress in San Antonio, Texas, next February. Board terms will begin March 1.

NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers nationwide. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, in the heart of the U.S. Sorghum Belt that stretches from the Rockies to the Mississippi River and from South Texas to South Dakota, the organization works to ensure the profitability of sorghum production through market development, research, education and legislative representation.