Who We Are
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board (NGSB) exists to serve sorghum growers from the Missouri River to the Wyoming border, and South Dakota to Kansas. We are constantly collaborating with producers, industry partners, public and private-sector organizations to maximize opportunities for hard-working Nebraska farmers. Let us know how we can best serve you!
The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association
The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association (NeSPA) is your legislative voice in Lincoln and Washington D.C. We serve as a liaison between the farm and the legislative chamber on the issues that matter to you. By joining the National Sorghum Producers Association, you automatically become a member of NeSPA.
Meet The Team
- Where do you farm? Hitchcock County
- What does sorghum provide to your operation? A profitable crop rotation and positive benefits to soil health.
- What drives you to serve on the Board? I enjoy being involved and being able to help fellow growers enhance their operations.
- Any family or personal story you’d like to share to make your entry personable? I thoroughly enjoy hosting annual grain sorghum field days and being able to communicate and provide valuable information directly to growers.
I farm in Culbertson & Palisade Nebraska.
As a farmer you have a responsibility to take care of the land. Using sorghum in my rotation helps me in that responsibility by giving me a great yield, healthy return on investment, all while using fewer resources that other crops require.
I serve on the NGSB to help promote and educate people on an under-utilized crop that could be beneficial for a lot more farms. Serving also gives me a chance to further my education, engage in discussions with top industry professionals, and make important contacts to help answer questions I can’t.
Nate Blum serves as the Executive Director of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and the Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association. He is an expert on grain sorghum production and marketing, with a focus on value-added agriculture processing for sorghum-based products. Mr. Blum has represented Nebraska producers in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Vietnam, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates. He has also worked with international stakeholders in regard to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, hosting an Independent Food Systems Summit (August 2021). Recently, Mr. Blum organized the “Coalition of United Sorghum Professionals”, an international group of sorghum and millets stakeholders focused on messaging and marketing. Mr. Blum serves on the USDA Grains, Feed, and Oilseeds Ag Trade Advisory Committee (ATAC). The ATAC advises trade policy to the office of the US Trade Representative. He is an Alumnus of the University of Nebraska (Class of 2019), the Nebraska Leadership, Education, Agriculture, Development (LEAD) Program (Class XXXVI), and is the Vice president of the Nebraska LEAD Alumni Association. Mr. Blum received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Nebraska, and is completing a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Mr. Blum volunteers locally with the People’s City Mission in Lincoln, and internationally through humanitarian missions through his church.
The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board serves sorghum growers by providing consumer and producer education, developing value-added markets, and supporting innovative research. NGSB is funded by the Nebraska Sorghum Checkoff and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program.
As an ancient grain, sorghum is a fundamental part of our shared human history. At the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, we focus on developing innovative markets, while also celebrating our rich history. We are writing the next chapter in sorghum; one that increases economic opportunities for Nebraska farmers and provides a healthy alternative to consumers.