In a true free market, AMBA’s goal of insuring an adequate supply of quality malting barley could be addressed through its varietal development program. However, in reality, planting decisions of growers are greatly influenced by US farm programs.
AMBA’s goal has been to work for farm programs that put barley on an equal basis with other crops so that it is responsive to the market and not the government. AMBA worked effectively with the National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) for inclusion of favorable barley provisions in the 2002 Farm Bill. AMBA submits comments on an annual basis to USDA regarding acreage reduction and other programs.
In a related area, AMBA worked with the NBGA on revisions to US Standards for Barley. AMBA maintains close liaison with the NBGA and state barley grower organizations both through work associated with the National Barley Improvement Committee and AMBA.