Increasing Barley Selection for Malting Through Research

The mission of the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) is to encourage and support an adequate supply of high quality malting barley for end users.  The primary strategy in achieving this is the development of new varieties with an increased chance of making industry malting quality specifications, often referred to as selection rate.  Barley breeders have been meeting this challenge …?

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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
www.AMBAinc.org

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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Regional Malting Barley

May 21, 2014 – Every North American brewer has their favorite variety or in most cases, group of varieties, that are suited to making their product line and perform well in their breweries.  Historically, the choices were made based on the barley that was best adapted to the region in which a brewery was located.  Six-rowed varieties originating from northeast China dominated in the eastern and midwestern US, two-rowed varieties from Europe in the intermountain west, and six-rowed varieties out of North Africa in California.  Each type had its own quality strengths, but their field performance was a primary force in determining what brewers were using in different regions of the continent.

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Regional Malting Barley

 

May 21, 2014 – Every North American brewer has their favorite variety or in most cases, group of varieties, that are suited to making their product line and perform well in their breweries.  Historically, the choices were made based on the barley that was best adapted to the region in which a brewery was located.  Six-rowed varieties originating from northeast China dominated in the eastern and midwestern US, two-rowed varieties from Europe in the intermountain west, and six-rowed varieties out of North Africa in California.  Each type had its own quality strengths, but their field performance was a primary force in determining what brewers were using in different regions of the continent.

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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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