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USDA, National Sorghum Producers to quantify sorghum sustainability for ethanol production

Credit: National Sorghum Producers
Credit: National Sorghum Producers
US industry association the National Sorghum Producers (NSP) has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Kansas, US to quantify sorghum sustainability in a key American ethanol production region.

The partnership will be carried out through a conservation collaboration grant that will document sorghum farmer practices to promote positive conservation outcomes and quantify the environmental footprint of the crop, which used in the production of ethanol.

“Sorghum farmers in Kansas and across the nation have long been good stewards of the environment around them,” said Tim Lust, CEO of NSP. “Today, we will continue documenting this fact and work to understand how we can improve even more. With 74% of sorghum grown using conservation tillage and 91% receiving no supplemental irrigation water, improvement is a tall order, but we believe our farmers are up to the challenge.

“One-third of the US sorghum crop is used to produce fuel ethanol, which receives a premium for lower carbon intensity scores in certain markets. This makes demonstrating sustainability and continuous improvement at the farm level extremely important. Fortunately, sustainability goals in fuel markets and conservation goals here at home go hand-in-hand, and we look forward to working with NRCS to further these goals and create additional opportunities for sorghum farmers.”

According to the USDA, sorghum is the third-largest grain crop grown in the US, and the US is the largest producer of the cereal grain in the world.
Credit: National Sorghum Producers