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"Health Food" Black Sorghum
Texas AgriLife researchers have developed a new black sorghum called Onyx designed for the health food market. The unique sorghum’s color is due to high levels of anthocyanin in the outer layer, antioxidants known for their health benefits.
  “We expect it will be a controlled market,” says Dr. Bill Rooney, the Texas AgriLife researcher who developed the new sorghum. “The only reason to produce it is for food or health food use. It yields only 60 to 70 percent of commercial grain sorghums. A buyer has to pay a premium for it.”
  Rooney says Onyx can be grown wherever grain sorghum can be grown. It has done fine as far north as Kansas.
  Onyx will be grown under contract and licensed to those who want to grow it for its end use. Rooney says some seed will be grown by Texas A&M with the remainder grown under contract by seed growers.
  “Farmers or end users who want to produce it need to contact the Texas A&M University Office of Technology Commercialization,” says Rooney.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Texas A&M University, Office of Technology Commercialization, 800 Raymond Stotzer Pkwy., Suite 2020, College Station, Texas 77845 (ph 979 847-8682; info@otc.tamu.edu; http://otc.tamu.edu/).

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2012 - Volume #36, Issue #6