Where does U.S. barley go?
  • 11/03/2023

Where does U.S. barley go?

Each year, the U.S. Grains Council releases export data on the various crops they support. This information can be viewed on their online portal by state and in crop specific infographics. This work supports their efforts in developing export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum, and related products.  The barley industry is fortunate to have this international representation in the attempt to open markets further strengthening our local production and crop competitiveness for barley. In fact, barley representatives from Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and Washington, just returned from a trade mission in Mexico where they promoted barley to Mexican barley and malt importers. 


Barley is not a largely exported crop, relative to many other grains, but Mexico was by far, identified as our largest trading partner with over 300,000 MT shipped at a value of over $245 million. Canada was a distant second at over 48,000 MT shipped with a value of over $22 million. Japan, South Korea, and Japan rounded out the top five export customers by volume and Japan, Israel, and South Korea top five by value. This data was inclusive of raw barley grain and barley products (like malt). 


You can learn more about this work at the U.S. Grains Council website: grains.org