The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors has approved funding of $576,610 for its July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 grant fiscal year. This is an increase of $45,500 or 8.6% over last year and the second year that AMBA has been able to increase funding thanks to additional dues support provided by members Harpoon Brewery, Rahr Malting, and Sierra Nevada Brewing and additional sponsor funding provided by MBAA Mid-Atlantic District and the Michigan Brewers Guild.
Barley breeding and genetics programs in eleven states, CA, ID, MN, MT, NE, OH, OR, NC, ND, VA, WA, will receive the majority of funding at 68% of AMBA’s research budget. Disease and insect pest research will receive 16%, as will national/basic research, primarily on malting quality.
The research grant program is directed at meeting AMBA’s mission to encourage and support an adequate supply of high quality malting barley throughout the US for the malting, brewing, and distilling industries and AMBA’s vision to be the leader in improvement, development, and understanding of malting barley. AMBA has 24 Regular voting members and 56 Associate members.
Michael P. Davis, Ph.D.
PresidentAmerican Malting Barley Association, Inc.