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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!

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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.

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Meet The Team

Mike Baker

Mike Baker

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  1. Where do you farm? Hitchcock County
  2. What does sorghum provide to your operation? A profitable crop rotation and positive benefits to soil health.
  3. What drives you to serve on the Board? I enjoy being involved and being able to help fellow growers enhance their operations.
  4. 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.
David Junker

David Junker

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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.

Dennis Fitzke

Dennis Fitzke

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Dennis Fitzke farms near Clay Center with his son. His background in both agriculture and agri-business unique perspective to Nebraska Sorghum.

Dennis currently serves as teh Vice-President of the Board

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson

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My wife Amy and I have three children Sam, Britta, and Luke. We enjoy all that rural living has to offer and taking advantage of the outdoors and traveling.

 

We farm in the Axtell, Wilcox, Hildreth, and Keene area, of south central Nebraska. We raise corn, seed corn, soybeans, and grain sorghum. We live on the yard where my great, great grandfather built his first house in America in 1900, adjacent to the farm that his father homesteaded in 1878.

 

Currently, I’m serving on Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s State Legislative Policy Commitee. I am also a current member of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and serve on my church’s council.

 

My wife Amy works for Fusion Medial of Omaha as a travel nurse recruiter, in addition to being the leader of the family. Nothing would work without her dedication and work ethic.

 

On our farm and in our lives, we strive to be progressive, while remaining practical with all our practices.

 

We want to lead the way in sustainability on our farm, with practices that are proven and cost effective. That includes being at the forefront of issues that involve the information that we use and collect to farm efficiently.

 

 

Klint Stewart

Klint Stewart

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Klint Stewart farms near Albion, Nebraska. He currently serves also on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board.

Stuart Hoff

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Stuart is the Farm manager at Rogers Memorial Farm near Lincoln, Nebraska. His background in research and production provide valuable insights to Nebraska Sorghum.

Genevieve Tonniges

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As the Director of Relationship Development, Ms. Tonniges assists staff in furthering opportunities for collaboration with industry, academic, and civic partners. Her expertise in international relations and multi-lingual education are assets to Nebraska Sorghum. Ms. Tonniges was raised on an active farm in York County, Nebraska. She frequently returns home to assist with on-farm duties.

Nate Blum

Nate Blum

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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.
For an application, or for more information, email: sorghum.board@nebraska.gov
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Our Mission

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.

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Our Vision

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.

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