Wheat, Corn, Soybean & Sorghum Commissioners

(Brian) My name is Brian Linin, I’m here with the Kansas Wheat Commission and glad to be here Waking Up Topeka, for the Ag Breakfast here. And we’re here today to give the Kansas Wheat Commission’s report to the Senate and House Ag Committee today. Kansas Wheat has a great story to tell. We’ve recently built the Kansas Wheat Innovation Center in Manhattan just north of Bill Snyder Family Stadium. We have public and private collaboration on wheat research there. And our researchers there are working on wheats that are celiac edible. We’re working on double haploid technology which reduces the time to market for new wheat varieties. So, things are really happening in Kansas Wheat and we’re glad to be here. (Kent) My name is Kent Moore and I am the chair of the Kansas Corn Commission. And my job today is to give the Corn Commission’s Legislative Report. One of the things that we have concentrated on a lot in the past year is infrastructure development for the promotion of the use of ethanol. So we’re excited about that opportunity that we have in 2016 to get that program started. Obviously in the state of Kansas our major user is livestock. And we have been very supportive of the livestock industry throughout the Commission’s existence. One of the ways in which we do that is through our support of the U.S. Meat Export Federation. The job of the U.S. Meat Export Federation is to move beef, Kansas beef throughout the world. Another thing that we typically always do is lend our support to programs that the National Corn Grower’s Association helps administer like ethanol promotion through their NASCAR program. That’s been very successful in demonstrating to the U.S. consumer that ethanol products are safe to use. It’s been a very good successful program that we’ve been proud to be a part of. (Dennis) My name is Dennis Grossenbacher. I’m a soybean, corn producer out of Sedgwick County near the town of Andale. I’m presently the Chairman of the Kansas Soybean Commission. I serve on the National Biodiesel Board and I’m on the Checkoff for the United Soybean Board. Our two biggest projects we’ve done in the last year is biodiesel is finally starting to take off. There’s a great demand for biodiesel in California and the northeast part of the United States. And high oleic oil, they’re starting to produce it in Iowa the last two or three years, because there’s a tremendous demand potentially for high oleic oil in food and other products. We also do a lot of research projects at Kansas State University in genetics. OK, we also are very happy to do a lot of projects with Kansas State University in agronomy with insect and disease management. (Stephen) My name is Stephen Bigge. I am the Fourth District Commissioner for the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and am currently serving as chairman. I look forward for the opportunity to testify on behalf of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Kansas sorghum producers to the House and Senate Ag Committees. Some of the highlights we’re going to hit on is we’re the top sorghum producing state. Annually we produce somewhere between 40 and 50 percent of the sorghum crop that’s produced in that United States on an annual basis. We had a 19 percent increase in sorghum acres in 2015 and raised 282 million bushels of sorghum. We’ve spent over $6 million dollars on research at Kansas State in the last six years providing information to producers to help improve yield, producer profitability and cover some the major issues like standability, insect issues that are currently facing the sorghum producers in the state of Kansas. Sorghum is also a very vital component in ethanol production. We have several ethanol plants in the state of Kansas that rely heavily on grain sorghum to produce ethanol as we continue to look at advance biofuels and other independent fuel sources as we move forward.

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