Governor Makes Appointments to Sorghum Board

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts has announced reappointment of John Dolnicek of Lawrence, John Dvoracek of Farwell, and Duane Vorderstrasse of Hebron to serve three-year terms on the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board.

Dolnicek, representing District #2, was originally appointed to the Sorghum Board in 2007.  During his tenure he has served as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Board as well as on the Research and Budget committees.   John, along with his wife Beth, has life-long involvement in farming and raising sorghum as a primary spring crop. He is active with 4-H and FFA programs and works with the University of Nebraska Extension On-Farm Research.  “I believe education and research are vital activities necessary to inform producers and stakeholders,” said Dolnicek.  “I look forward to continuing these vital activities as well as others deemed beneficial by the Board for the advancement of grain sorghum.”

Dvoracek and his wife Robyn, operate a crop and livestock farm in northcentral Nebraska, where sorghum has always been central to the crop mix.  John began his service on the Sorghum Board in 2004 during which time he has served as Vice Chairman and Chairman.  He has also been active on the Budget, Research and Personnel committees.  “I have a passion for sorghum and we are currently working on development projects which will further advance the production of sorghum in the state,” says Dvoracek.  “I also serve on the United Sorghum Checkoff Program Board and I know there are many things I can bring back from the national organization to the state to improve profitability for sorghum producers.”

Duane Vorderstrasse was originally appointed to the Board in 2014 to fill a vacancy and serves on the Board’s Research Committee.  He and his wife Debra run a diversified farm and ranch operation at Hebron and Orleans, NE, where they grow corn, soybeans, wheat, grain sorghum and alfalfa.  Vorderstrasse previously worked as a Farm Manager for U.S. Bank and is also active with the Hebron Airport Authority, Lions Club and the Frenchman-Cambridge Irrigation District. “Water availability for irrigation is important in my operation, as well as elsewhere in the state,” says Vorderstrasse.  “Sorghum seems to be my best bet with limited amounts of water with which to irrigate.”

The Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board administers the one-cent per hundredweight check-off, which is assessed on all grain sorghum sold in the state.  The board’s annual budget is allocated to the areas of research, market development, and education.