John Duff works as an agent for SCIS where he serves producers from West Texas to central South Dakota. His particular focus is on Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage products, but he serves a diverse set of producers.
In addition to serving as an agent for SCIS, John is also strategic business director for National Sorghum Producers where he provides analysis of farm and regulatory policy as well as crop insurance issues. Most notably, his recent work in conjunction with RMA directly resulted in the expansion of the Annual Forage program into New Mexico. This gave producers of summer and winter forage crops in the state access to improved risk management tools.
He also has a role promoting and marketing grain sorghum for the Sorghum Checkoff. A recognized expert on the sorghum industry, John is frequently featured on farm radio and TV stations such as KGNC, KFLP and RFDTV as well as in Sorghum Grower magazine and other print publications. His unique perspective on policy and markets allows him to provide added value to crop insurance clients, regardless of the commodity.
John grew up southeast of Levelland, Texas, on a cotton and grain sorghum farm. In May 2012 he graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness, and he was recognized for maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He also completed five internships during his time at Tech, two of which were in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Representative Kevin Brady and USDA's Economic Research Service.