Field to Bench: Canada Led the Way

By Meghan Howes, Contributing Writer for RadCraft Located at the longitudinal center of North America, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian Malting Barley Technical Center (CMBTC) opened in 2000 with Yueshu Li serving as director. “I was the first employee,” Li said with a chuckle. Since then, the Centre has worked with breeders, farmers, seed companies, exporters/importers,…

Studying Roots Is Challenging But Could Help Wheat and Barley Breeders Improve Drought Tolerance

By Jessica Williams, Ph.D. Candidate at Montana State University’s Barley, Malt & Brewing Quality Lab In a semi-arid climate, it is important for crops to produce high yields and quality even if water is lacking. Since root systems are the part of the plant that absorbs water, they are a likely target for crop breeders…

The Craft Maltsters Guild Announces Its Certified Craft Malt Seal

The North American Craft Maltsters Guild is excited to announce its Certified Craft Malt Seal that will allow brewers and distillers to communicate their use of and support for distinctive, locally produced raw materials. The seal will be officially unveiled on Craft Malt Day on Friday, September 13, 2019, at events across the country. The…

Western SARE Research & Education Funding Available

Apply for up to $350,000: Research and Education Project The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces the Call for Pre-proposals for Research & Education grants for 2020. Proposals are due May 28, 2019, Noon MDT. Western SARE funds proposals that examine creative and innovative research and extension/outreach approaches, and technologies that advance Western SARE goals that are…

AMBA Recommended Malting Barley Varieties for 2019

Each year, the American Malting Barley Association (AMBA) releases its list of recommended malting barley varieties to US growers. AMBA is a nonprofit trade association of 76 brewing, distilling and malting companies that are end users of US malting barley. The list is meant to inform US producers which malting barley varieties the industry intends to use in the…