National Barley Improvement Committee

The National Barley Improvement Committee (NBIC) represents the U.S. barley community of growers, researchers, processors, users, and allied industries. The work of the NBIC seeks to secure both funding and favorable agricultural policies at the federal level. Each spring, the NBIC travels to Washington D.C. to lobby on behalf of the malting barley industry and it’s various end-users. NBIC has been successful in bringing $15 million in annual funding to the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative, establishing and securing support for the Small Grain Genomics Initiative, and most recently, securing $2 million annually for the Barley Pest Initiative.


  • Serve as a national forum for discussion of matters important to barley research, production and utilization
  • Serve in an information distribution capacity to all persons interested in barley
  • Identify national and regional priorities and encourage their adoption and proper funding
  • Serve in an advisory capacity as is appropriate to national or regional groups

Contact Ashley McFarland, NBIC Executive Secretary, to connect with NBIC

2022 NBIC Membership

2022 NBIC Legislative Priorities

2022 NBIC Legislative Packet

Barley Pest Initiative Targets

NBIC Accomplishments through FY22

U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative