In Arizona, the Verde River was running dry, so Kim Schonek devised a plan to save it with the help of everyone’s favorite malted beverage. This article details how Ms. Schonek encouraged malting barley production to reduce the demand for irrigation water from teh Verde River. Click here for article.
A bumper sticker spotted in Montana reads, “No barley, no beer.” It’s a reminder that Montana’s barley farmers are struggling. Barley is an unforgiving crop that needs a precise recipe of water and sunshine to thrive — too much of either will cause it to wither and die. And amid a changing climate and unpredictable seasons, that’s exactly what’s happening.