Milwaukee, WI – September 21, 2021 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) is pleased to announce Ashley McFarland as the new Vice President-Technical Director, a position previously held by Scott Heisel who will assume the role of President October 1st when retiring President, Mike Davis becomes Senior Advisor.
Milwaukee – January 12, 2021 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors has developed a list of recommended malting barley varieties to US growers for the 2021 crop year. Flavia, Mayflower and Moravian 179 are added fro the 2021 growing season.
Milwaukee, WI – April 27, 2020 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors has approved the addition of ABI Eagle to the list of recommended malting barley varieties for 2020.
Milwaukee, WI – January 13, 2020 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors approved the addition of AAC Connect, LCS Odyssey, Moravian 164 and Moravian 170 to the recommended list of malting barley varieties for 2020. AMBA is a trade association of brewing, distilling and malting companies and the list is meant to inform US producers on the malting varieties that the industry will be using in the coming year. Not all varieties will be used in large quantities and growers are encouraged to contact their local elevator, grain handler or processor to gauge market demand for any variety grown in their region prior to seeding.
Milwaukee – September 9, 2019 – As with many other crops, the seeding of barley was delayed in some areas due to the cool-wet spring. One consequence has been a later and longer harvest period. “This drawn out harvest has increased the chances of small grains getting rained on and sprouting in the field,” according to Marvin Zutz, Executive Director of the Minnesota Barley Growers. “It appears that much of the barley was harvested prior to the rain in Minnesota, but a significant portion of the crop in North Dakota did not get taken off in time. Other states may have regions affected as well.”
Milwaukee – July 9, 2019 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors added the following variety to the recommended list of malting barley varieties for 2019. LCS Violetta, a winter two-row malting variety, was developed by Saatzucht Breun in Germany and is marketed in the US by Limagrain Cereal Seeds. It has performed well in the mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions, but may not perform as well in the upper Midwest and northeast during severe winters.
Washington, DC – February 14, 2019 – The National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) – whose members include growers, brewers, maltsters, and life science companies – met for their annual winter board meeting in Washington DC Feb 6-8, 2019.
NBGA members also met with their congressional representatives to advocate for their policy priorities, including passage of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), lifting of the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, permanent beer excise tax reform, and funding for the Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative as well as the Small Grains Genomic Initiative.
Albuquerque, NM – January 17, 2019 – A successful 42ND biennial Barley Improvement Conference was held in Albuquerque, NM, January 9-10, 2019. The conference has been hosted by the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) and its predecessor organizations since the 1940s and brings together participants representing the whole malting barley supply chain including researchers, growers and end users. This year’s meeting was also sponsored by the Idaho Barley Commission, Minnesota Barley Research & Promotion Council, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Wheat & Barley Committee, National Barley Growers Association, North Dakota Barley Council, and Washington Grain Commission.
Milwaukee – January 3, 2019 – Each year, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) releases its list of recommended malting barley varieties to US growers. AMBA is a nonprofit trade association of 76 brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of US malting barley. The list is meant to inform US producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the upcoming year. Some varieties will be used in large quantities and others are only utilized is niche markets, so producers are encouraged to contact their local elevator, grain handler or processor to gauge market demand for any variety grown in their region prior to seeding.
At their June 6, 2018 meeting, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors added Puffin to the recommended list of malting barley varieties.
Puffin, a winter two-row, was released in 1987 by The Miln Marsters Group, Kings Lynn, Norfolk UK which is now part of Limagrain Cereal Seeds. It has been tested extensively in Ohio and has strong straw with winter-hardiness superior to Charles and Endeavor. The Ohio State University barley breeder, Dr. Eric Stockinger, notes that “Puffin consistently performs well in Ohio…