Kansas Grain Sorghum Celebrates National Ag Day 2020


MANHATTAN, KS – Kansas Grain Sorghum joins our partners around the country–from associations, businesses, and producers themselves–in recognizing the importance and in spreading awareness of the American farmer this National Ag Day, March 24, 2020.

“Now, more than ever, Americans realize the vital link between the pantries in their homes and the food that farmers worked hard to produce in order to supply our nation with abundant, affordable products. Through trying times of crises, our farmers consistently show they can meet America’s needs as well as the needs of our partners across the globe. The Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission appreciates our farmers, their families, and their unflinching dedication to progress our local, national, and global economies,” said Stephen Bigge, farmer from Stockton and Chairman of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission.

“Our association is proud to recognize the grassroots engagement and time commitments that farmers give in order to share their personal stories of professionalism, entrepreneurship, and patriotism. Every farmer has a story to tell as National Ag Day recognizes their contributions to society,” said Kent Winter, farmer from Andale and President of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association.

Kansas is the top sorghum producing state in the nation. Grain sorghum markets exist for food in both the livestock and consumer sectors and the crop is a key feedstock at Kansas ethanol plants, in addition from direct exports to meet international demand. Sorghum farmers in the state harvested 2.4 million acres, producing 204 million bushels, averaging 85 bushels per acre in 2019. For more information about grain sorghum in Kansas, view the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission’s 2019 Annual Report.

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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