Producer Communications

United Sorghum Checkoff Program

Agriculture Checkoff | Integrated Campaign | Producer Communications

Sorghum crops


As the national checkoff organization for sorghum producers, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program works to build a viable, innovative marketplace for its growers including efforts in crop improvements, renewable fuels and livestock feeds. In 2018, USCP celebrates a decade of advancements in sorghum genetics and breeding, market expansion, increased research efforts and educational resource development and distribution.


Communicate the many ways the checkoff has invested in opportunities to grow profit potential for producers over the past 10 years and celebrate the innovative successes with sorghum producers.



An integrated communication plan focused on delivering five key success messages as an umbrella for delivering specific, tangible ROI and profit growth metrics tied to USCP investments. Messages were delivered via a celebratory campaign, distributed through checkoff meetings and supported with a targeted media and social plan.

Campaign elements included: Refreshed branding/logo design, system-wide platform creative updates, celebratory anthem video, digital display advertising, broadcast radio, magazine print, website landing page, infographic design, program content calendar development, organic social program, and paid social.


The 2018 attitude and awareness study indicates a very high level of support for the checkoff from sorghum producers and a solid understanding of checkoff communications and programs. The 10-year anniversary campaign exceeded expectations. The USCP communication team has received positive response and feedback to the campaign. Initial tactical results include paid social efforts targeting the narrow audience of sorghum growers and over 60,000 video views (the primary campaign element).

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