Milwaukee, WI – May 17, 2018 – The major malting barley growing regions of the US extend from the Northern Great Plains, through the intermountain mountains and into the Pacific Northwest. A diverse geography that is being impacted by climate change in different ways requires a multidisciplinary approach to the development of adapted barley varieties. Temperatures across the region are predicted to increase in the coming years. North Dakota has seen the fastest increase in temperature in the contiguous 48 states, mainly through warming winters. The increases in the Pacific Northwest are expected to be largest during the summer growing season.