Meet the team
Timothy J. Dalton, Ph.D.
Dr. Timothy J. Dalton serves as the Director of the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab. Professor Dalton received an A.B. from Columbia University in 1988, an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics in 1996 from Purdue University. Dr. Dalton's research and development experience in sorghum and millet stretches back 20 years back to a M.S. thesis on dryland sorghum and millet farming systems in the Peanut Basin of Senegal followed by an award-winning doctoral dissertation on the ex-ante economic impact of improved sorghum varieties on soil degradation in Southern Mali (partially funded by INTOSORMIL). He is well versed in interdisciplinary research and specialized in understanding the relationship between agricultural production, technological changed and the environment. He has extensive professional experience in more than 20 African nations.
He has considerable experience with CGIAR research institutes, the Standing Panel on impact Assessment of the CGIAR, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, foundations, USAID and USDA. He is a member of the multistate research project "NC1034 Impact Assessment and Decision Strategies for Agricultural Research" and a member of the Council of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics Blue Ribbon Panel on Development. In 2012 he led the USAID-commissioned external evaluation of the Peanut CRSP and the AquaFish CRSP. Dr. Dalton is fluent in French.
Phone: +1 (785) 477-8239
Nat Bascom serves as the Assistant Director of the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab. He has a master's degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (soil and water) as well as in Leadership Studies. Nat is a versatile international development manager with over twenty years of experience in partnership development, program planning, performance monitoring and evaluation. He is fluent in French and has experience in managing a regional office operation which supported program delivery with multiple implementing partners and range of donor organizations.
Phone: +1 (785) 532-2129 or +1 (785) 477-2804
Benjamin E. Kohl, Ph.D.
Dr. Benjamin E. Kohl serves as the Program Administrator for the Sorghum and Millet Lab. Ben brings over 20 years of experience in higher education student recruitment and service; teaching and learning services; grant research administration; and marketing, sales, implementation, operations, and training. Ben served as VP for Business Development for Piestar, where he supported 12 Feed the Future Innovation Lab management entities with data collection/reporting systems. Before serving in small business development roles, Ben served as Assistant Director for the Office of Student Financial Assistance and Enrollment Management Coordinator for the Department of Housing and Dining Services at Kansas State University. Ben also earned a Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration from K-State. Ben has been to 16 different countries and has been on the campus of 63 universities.
Phone: + 1 (785) 532-6309
Mobile/WhatsApp: + 1 (785) 341-9842
Kimberly Suther serves as the Business Financial Specialist for the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab. She provides all financial analysis, accounting support, travel planning and procurement for the USAID-funded grant. Kim holds a B.S. in Business Administration – Accounting from Kansas State University. Previously, Kim worked as an Assistant Scientist for the KSU Wheat Breeding Project and assisted in the development of germplasm which resulted in the release of seven wheat varieties to Kansas farmers over her 11-year career span.
Phone: +1 (785) 532-7196