The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) has been a partner with the USDA-ARS U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) since its inception over twenty years ago. AMBA led efforts for the barley grower, researcher, and value-added end-user community, through the National Barley Improvement Committee (NBIC). In partnership with the National Wheat Improvement Committee and National Association of Wheat Growers, the first appropriation of $500,000 annually was secured in FY1988, with subsequent efforts with Congress leading to its current funding level of $15 million annually for extramural and intramural scab research.
This long-standing relationship was recently featured in the Fusarium Focus Newsletter (Vol. 22, Issue 1), which also highlighted the recent staffing transition within the organization.
The AMBA team looks forward to continuing our strong support and partnership with the USWBSI. “This Initiative has played a critical role in helping ensure small grains are profitable for the growers and processors while maintaining a safe, healthy food supply,” according to Heisel. “The most rewarding part of working for AMBA has been interacting with barley industry personnel, growers and researchers, and being involved in the USWBSI has broadened that to include all those in the wheat supply chain as well.”
Learn more about the USWBSI here.