Additional $1 million secured for barley research in federal omnibus spending bill

The National Barley Improvement Committee (NBIC) is excited to confirm that the FY23 federal omnibus spending bill increased the annual appropriation to the Barley Pest Initiative (BPI) by $1 million annually, bringing the total to $3 million. These funds are allocated each year to support researchers at USDA Agricultural Research Service stations and land grant universities across fifteen states.  The NBIC is committed and is actively seeking additional funding increases in FY24 appropriations to reach their $5.3 million goal. 

Barley pests cause 5 to 15% yield reductions annually, resulting in losses of $36 to $118 million a year nationwide to growers. The BPI strengthens the capacity of the national public sector barley research infrastructure to address 20 major insect, viral, bacterial, and fungal threats to the production of high-quality barley. The Initiative focuses on improved environmental sustainability and economic returns to barley growers, while meeting the needs of domestic and export end-users for high-quality barley. 

Scientists are working to develop management and genetic resistance strategies to mitigate or eliminate the substantial negative economic impact of major barley pests.  This enhances the competitiveness of the barley crop, promoting a robust and high-quality supply of domestic barley for various end-users, thus minimizing industry reliance on global imports. New in FY23 are funds to support a barley curator within the GrainGenes project, which assists in the digital curation of genetic information accessible to all barley breeders in their quest to develop better barley. To learn more about the BPI and targeted pests, visit the NBIC website

The locations receiving funding through the BPI are (updated annual funding):

USDA-ARS facilities:

  • Aberdeen, Idaho ($314,717)
  • Ames, Iowa ($251,887)
  • Fargo, North Dakota ($429,623)
  • Ft. Detrick, Maryland ($141,509)
  • Lincoln, Nebraska ($81,509)
  • Pullman, Washington ($189,057)
  • Raleigh, North Carolina ($189,057)
  • St. Paul, Minnesota ($429,623)
  • Stillwater, Oklahoma ($314,717)
  • GrainGenes Barley Curator, national ($56,604)


  • Cornell University ($31,698)
  • Montana State University ($63,396)
  • North Dakota State University ($63,396)
  • Ohio State University ($31,698)
  • Oregon State University ($31,698)
  • University of California-Davis ($63,396)
  • University of Idaho ($63,396)
  • University of Minnesota ($126,226)
  • University of Nebraska ($31,698)
  • Virginia Tech ($31,698)
  • Washington State University ($63,396)