A Mercer farmer will be among 13 set to take part in a program developing the next generation of sorghum leaders and advocates. The United Sorghum Checkoff announced Tuesday that Gray Porter will take part in the 18-month program. During that time, Porter and participants from four other states will learn how sorghum moves through the value chain, how the USB and other checkoffs interact on behalf of the ag industry, and what the future holds for sorghum. Program Director Shelee Padgett said in a statement that leadership development is critical to the industry’s advancement, and that the program looks forward to preparing these future advocates and leaders at the local, state and federal level.