Kansas leads the nation in sorghum production. Sorghum is a versatile, multiuse crop well suited for Kansas agriculture. Sorghum is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, and is very drought tolerant. Grain sorghum has traditionally been used for livestock feed and in the production of ethanol, both in the U.S. and in international markets. Sorghum is gaining popularity in food products as a whole, nutritious grain, and in the production of beverages and syrup as well as in pet food products. State and national sorghum advocacy organizations provide strong leadership in the promotion of sorghum domestically and worldwide. Ongoing research is creating even more possibilities for the sorghum industry.
A long-term growth strategy to expand the impact of sorghum in Kansas will rely on input and discussion among key partners in the industry. A centralized large-scale research center promotes innovations for all segments of the sorghum industry and builds additional research partnerships. Statewide support for producers within the sorghum sector is welcome. Overall, collaboration between public and private stakeholders within the sorghum industry is important in the development of a strategic growth plan.