Barley Researchers from Around the World Meet in Minneapolis

A very successful 12th International Barley Genetics Symposium (IBGS) was held in Minneapolis, MN June 26-30, 2016.  It was a worldwide gathering with over 300 barley researchers representing 30 countries and all the continents except Antarctica.  The last time the IBGS was held in the US was 1969, when Washington State University in Pullman, WA hosted the second symposium…

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AMBA Opposes Post-Heading Treatments on Grains

MILWAUKEE – April 20, 2016 – The American Malting Barley Association, Inc. (AMBA) strongly opposes the use of desiccants or herbicides such as glyphosate for post-heading treatment of malting barley, wheat, or other grains in North America being processed for malting, brewing, and distilling.  The AMBA Board of Directors cites concerns expressed by the organization’s Technical Committee for potential chemical residues and effects on germination from such treatments that can impact processing or the quality of the final product.  Glyphosate is not labeled for post-heading application on malting barley in the United States as a pre-harvest aid to kill weeds, as a desiccant to dry down the crop, or for any other reason.

Dr. Michael P. Davis, AMBA President, notes that “our members will not knowingly buy malting barley, wheat or other grains, regardless of the grain’s origin, that are treated after heading with these chemicals and residue testing is being performed.”

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Growers and Industry Advocate for Barley

Washington, DC – February 10, 2016 – The producers and end-users of barley met February 1-3, 2016 in Washington, DC to promote the interests of barley.  The National Barley Growers Association (NBGA), which has historically been funded by state grower organizations, now gets at least half of its support from brewing end users and life science companies.  Interest from end users has increased as barley has gone from being a major feed grain to being primarily processed into malt for use by the food, beer and distilling industries.

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Growers and Industry Advocate for Barley

Washington, DC – February 10, 2016 – The producers and end-users of barley met February 1-3, 2016 in Washington, DC to promote the interests of barley.  The National Barley Growers Association (NBGA), which has historically been funded by state grower organizations, now gets at least half of its support from brewing end users and life science companies.  Interest from end users has increased as barley has gone from being a major feed grain to being primarily processed into malt for use by the food, beer and distilling industries.

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AMBA Board Approves 2015 Barley Research Grant Funding

The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) Board of Directors has approved funding of $576,610 for its July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 grant fiscal year.  This is an increase of $45,500 or 8.6% over last year and the second year that AMBA has been able to increase funding thanks to additional dues support provided by members Harpoon Brewery, Rahr Malting, and Sierra Nevada Brewing and additional sponsor funding provided by MBAA Mid-Atlantic District and the Michigan Brewers Guild.

Barley breeding and genetics programs in eleven states, CA, ID, MN, MT, NE, OH, OR, NC, ND, VA, WA, will receive the majority of funding at 68% of AMBA’s research budget.  Disease and insect pest research will receive 16%, as will national/basic research, primarily on malting quality.

The research grant program is directed at meeting AMBA’s mission to encourage and support an adequate supply of high quality malting barley throughout the US for the malting, brewing, and distilling industries and AMBA’s vision to be the leader in improvement, development, and understanding of malting barley. AMBA has 24 Regular voting members and 56 Associate members.

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Michael P. Davis, Ph.D.
PresidentAmerican Malting Barley Association, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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New Barley Crop Insurance by the North Dakota Barley Council

Milwaukee – July 20, 2015 – The American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) congratulates the North Dakota Barley Council (NDBC) on the Malting Barley Revenue Endorsement that will be available to barley growers in 2016.  It has taken a number of years from the initial conception to final approval of the USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA), but well worth the wait.  What started out as an alternative pilot program for North Dakota growers, has expanded to a comprehensive insurance product for all producers in the US that can currently insure barley for malting quality.

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Barley Production – Versatile and Sustainable

Milwaukee, WI – May 14, 2015 – There have been significant changes to the pattern of barley production in the United States, but its importance in a variety of food products, regional use as a feed ingredient, and crop rotations make continued production essential.  With recent declines in acreage, barley’s primary end use has moved from feed grain to the higher value malting.Beer immediately comes to mind as a product made from barley malt, but considerable amounts are also used in distilling and by the food manufacturers.

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EPA Biofuel Mandate Proposal, Good News for Barley?

The EPA announced Friday that it was proposing to scale back the government’s mandates for the use of biofuels.  Mandates were set in 2007 with blenders required to use ever increasing amounts of biofuels (mostly fuel ethanol) in the anticipation of a steady increase in gasoline consumption.  However, consumers have been driving fewer miles and buying more fuel efficient cars and gas consumption has declined.  Under the proposal, the biofuels target for 2014 would drop to …

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AMBA Provides Comments on Proposed FDA Regulations

AMBA Provides Comments on Proposed FDA Regulations

American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) filed comments on proposed FDA regulations that would impact how brewers handle their spent grains and on ho w elevators store barley.  The FDA published the proposed rules in response to the Food Safety and Modernization Act that was signed into law on January 4, 2011.  One set of proposed rules dealt with food for humans and the second for animal food.
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US Barley – Feed Grain to Specialty Crop

Barley has gone from being a major feed grain to a specialty food crop in the last twenty-five years.  While there are still a few areas, primarily corn deficient regions, in the US that utilize barley for livestock, barley’s major use is for malting.  This malt makes its way into many of the cereals, crackers and baked goods that we eat and of course, the beer and other malt beverages that we drink.  This shift to a higher value food crop has occurred as acreage has declined and barley’s value has increased.

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