Milwaukee, WI – May 4, 2017 – The interest in growing malting barley has expanded across the US in the last several years and necessitated the need for additional crop research. This research ranges from trials to find current cultivars suitable for a new region, to breeding programs developing new varieties with the disease resistance and other traits to allow for profitable production. The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) has helped to foster this research whenever its resources have allowed it to do so.
The growth in the number of brewers and distillers in the eastern US, and the movement to source ingredients locally has created a new market for malting barley in the region. Some states have added tax incentives to further cultivate these markets. Malting companies and farmers are searching for the malting cultivars that have the desired quality and will grow in the region.