The Kansas Farmers Union wants sorghum producers to repeal a tax on grain sorghum, saying it takes too much money away from counties.


 The Kansas Farmers Union wants sorghum producers to repeal a tax on grain sorghum, saying it takes too much money away from counties.

The group's president, Donn Teske, says the tax is taking tens of thousands of dollars out of Kansas counties. The group also wants the checkoff to be voluntary, like checkoffs for wheat and corn. Teske says it's also a problem that the money collected goes to a commodity group, which might have a political agenda.

From 1977 to 2008, Kansas collected a half-cent a bushel tax on sorghum sold. A national sorghum checkoff began in 2008, making it mandatory and based on market value.

The Hutchinson News reports that supporters of the checkoff say it funds long-neglected research to develop more drought-tolerant crops and provide more markets.