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Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum and Millet

Meet the team

Timothy J. Dalton

daltonDr. 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: 785.477.8239


Nat Bascom

Assistant Director
bascomNat 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: 785.532.2129 or 785.477.2804


Kira Everhart-Valentin

Program Coordinator
Kira Everhart-ValentinKira Everhart-Valentin serves as the program coordinator for the Sorghum and Millet Innovation Lab. She holds a B.A. in French, a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Journalism and an M.A. in Political Science. Much of her Master's-level research focused on the constraints faced by women farmers in francophone Africa. Kira previously served as the International Extension Program Coordinator at Purdue University as well as a marketing consultant for numerous agribusinesses. She is fluent in French.

Phone: 785.532.6309


Kim Suther

Business Financial Specialist
Kim SutherKimberly 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: 785.532.7196