Sorghum Board Seeks Candidates

Positions are for District 2 and at-large representative.

The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board will have a vacancy in District 2 after July 17, 2007.

That district, which encompasses Lancaster, Cass and Otoe counties, had been held by Burdette Piening of Lincoln. His term expired but no sorghum grower in the district applied to be nominated. As a result, a sorghum producer will be appointed by the full board to fill the vacancy at a meeting in August in Lincoln.

At the same meeting, the board will choose a producer to serve the at-large position, which is open for re-appointment this year. The position is currently held by John Dvoracek of Farwell, who has indicated his interest to be considered for reappointment.

Any qualified grain sorghum producer wishing to be considered for nomination to fill the District 2 vacancy or the at-large seat may submit a statement of interest to the board. The statement may be in the form of a letter or resume outlining the candidate's qualifications and declaring his or her interest in serving.

The at-large position will be made at large, from any sorghum producer in Nebraska who seeks the position and meets the qualifications. Qualifications include those who are citizens of Nebraska, are 21 years of age, have been actually engaged in growing sorghum in Nebraska for a period of at least five years, and derive a substantial portion of their income from growing grain sorghum.

Statements of interest may be submitted electronically at [email protected] or by writing to the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, P.O. Box 94982, Lincoln, NE 68509. Interested candidates will be provided an opportunity to meet with the board prior to the appointment. The Board reserves the right to make nominations from the floor to fill the vacancy.

For more information, contact the office of the Sorghum Board at 402-471-4276.

The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board administers the 1-cent per hundredweight checkoff on sorghum sold in the state. The board's funds are invested in market development, research and education programs and in federal legislation representation.

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