Symposium focuses on finding new markets, uses for millet

Western Nebraska is one of several areas in the United States where proso millet is grown.

A couple hours down the road, Fort Collins, Colorado, will host an international millet symposium in Aug. 8 to 11, where speakers from the United States and abroad will address the theme of finding new markets and uses for millet.

The symposium is jointly organized by University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Colorado State University. The Third International Millet Symposium will focus on topics such as the state of millet production in the United States and the world; millet breeding, genetics and genomics; and millet uses and products around the world.

The symposium will take place at the Marriott Inn in Fort Collins. A website established for the symposium has details and links to register and book hotel rooms. Go to

The symposium will focus mainly on proso millet, also known as broomcorn millet, common millet, millet and hog millet. But it will also include other types of millet—pearl, foxtail, finger, little millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet and tef. The symposium is a rendezvous for millet buyers and sellers. There will be presentations by High Plains producers, millet breeders, cropping systems agronomists, millet industry partners, grain handling and processing operations from a number of countries.