National Sorghum Producers hires Ruehle as executive director 

Peanut, sorghum (pictured) and pearl millet are part of the local cuisine in much of Africa and work together to create a resilient rotation for farmers, and nutritious diet for consumers. (Photo: Kansas State University Research and Extension news service.)

National Sorghum Producers, Lubbock, Texas, has hired Greg Ruehle as its new executive director. Ruehle brings a wealth of experience in agriculture and association management to his new role, and his leadership comes at a pivotal time as NSP continues to grow and expand its impact on the sorghum industry. 

Ruehle’s background is rooted in agriculture, having been raised on a diversified grain and livestock farm in northwest Iowa. He holds an associate’s in ranch management from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s in animal science from Oklahoma State University. With over 30 years of experience in the agricultural and association management fields, including roles such as president and CEO for the Independent Professional Seed Association, the Nebraska Cattlemen and ServiTech, Inc. 

Greg Ruehle has been named executive director of National Sorghum Producers. (Courtesy photo.)
Greg Ruehle has been named executive director of National Sorghum Producers. (Courtesy photo.)

NSP CEO Tim Lust was excited about Ruehle’s addition. “As our association continues to grow and with the expansion of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant, we are stepping up expanded leadership in our organization. Greg’s extensive experience and passion for the industry make him the ideal candidate to lead NSP during this exciting period of growth.” 

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Ruehle is actively involved in his community, having served on the Dodge City Chamber Board, the Dodge City Country Club Board and as a deacon at First Christian Church in Dodge City. He and his wife, who have been married for 31 years, are dedicated to family activities, including 4-H and FFA, as well as school and church duties. Their love for agriculture is further demonstrated through their ownership of a herd of beef cattle and involvement in raising animals for local, state and national exhibitions. 

“Sorghum’s time has definitely come,” Ruehle said. “From water conservation to reduced greenhouse gas emissions, or from improved livestock nutrition to benefits to human health, sorghum has an expanding role to play, and I am excited to be a part of this future.”