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ARE Extension Faculty Participate in “Sorghum Exposure and Utilization” Program

CALS International Programs is hosting a Cochran Fellowship Program from October 1-12 2018 which will focus on sorghum agriculture in South America. The overall goal of this training program is to expose the fellows to the U.S. sorghum industry and educate them on sorghum utilization in various diets. The fellows are provided with an understanding of the different varieties of sorghum grown in the U.S., its functional and nutritional advantages, and the process of importing sorghum to Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. The program will inform them about sorghum and its various uses (human and animal feed) in the hopes of increasing trade between the United States and South American countries.

Topics of discussion include
  • the functional and nutritional advantages of the different sorghum varieties grown in the U.S. and its characteristics,
  • the nutritional value of sorghum and how to extract optimal amount of nutrients from it;
  • the sorghum supply chain:
    • seed and grain production,
    • harvesting and storage,
    • handling and transportation,
    • processing for human and animal consumption,
    • marketing to consumers;
  • sorghum utilization in various diets:
    • using sorghum in animal feed production,
    • how to substitute corn with sorghum in animal feed,
    • using sorghum in commercial food products for human consumption;
  • importing U.S. sorghum to Latin America:
    • price risk management,
    • process and cost,
    • management of inclusion rates.

Agricultural and Resource Economics faculty Nick Piggott, Heidi Schweizer and Kathryn Boys presented on feed grain production, transportation to export positions, and international trade of sorghum respectively. The presentations are available below.

Nick PiggottIncreasing Feed Grain Production in North Carolina: A Role for Sorghum

Heidi SchweizerU.S. Sorghum Transportation to Export Positions

Kathryn Boys: International Trade of Sorghum