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Barley Council

County Agent News
Dan Folske
December 4, 2017


Barley Council

            The North Dakota Barley Council is another producer checkoff funded organization which works to promote barley use and barley research. It operates throughBarley Council local representatives elected by producers at the county level who then elect representatives from each of five districts across the state. These District Representatives then serve on the Board of Directors for the North Dakota Barley Council.

 

            Although barley production in North Dakota has shrunk in recent years as feed barley has been replaced by corn in livestock feeds it is still an important crop for North Dakota producers. In 2015 ND producers harvested over 67 million bushels of barley or about 31.5% of the US barley crop making North Dakota the number one producing Barley state. In 2016 producers shifted more acreage into corn and soybeans dropping barley production to just under 43 million bushels and dropping North Dakota to the number three ranking in Barley production in the US. 

 

            Activities of the ND Barley Council (from the ND Barley Council website) include:

  • Crop Insurance:  the Barley Council, in cooperation with the malting and brewing industry, USDA Risk Management Agency, and Watts and Associates (a private crop insurance development firm in Billings, Montana) developed a new crop insurance product to address the unique risks of malting barley production.  The new product (Malt Barley Endorsement) was the result of this cooperative effort.  MBE was deployed nationwide for the 2016 crop year, and will continue to undergo refinements in the future.
  • Market Development:  Through its affiliation with the U. S. Grains Council (USGC) in Washington, D. C., the North Dakota Barley Council develops international markets for barley utilization in malting, livestock feed, and human food applications.  This requires developing education programs to assist domestic and foreign buyers in procuring North Dakota barley, thus providing market outlets for barley growers.  The Barley Council has developed in-depth educational programs on barley management, contracting, and procurement risk.
  • Farm Policy:   Keeping barley agronomically viable and economically profitable for growers requires continuous monitoring of farm policy to ascertain that barley is treated fairly.  The North Dakota Barley Council works closely with the National Barley Growers Association to guide farm policy on issues related to barley.
  • Barley Variety Development:  The Barley Council supports research at North Dakota State University to develop new barley varieties for growers.  Variety development, coupled with research in disease management, provides growers with barley that is agronomically sound.

 

Burke County will be holding an election for a county representative to the council in late January or February in conjunction with the Burke County Ag Improvement Association Annual Meeting.  That will be your chance to vote on your county representative or to run for the position.  All barley producers in the county are eligible to vote or to serve on the council.

 Mitch McEvers is the current Burke County representative on the ND Barley Council.

 

Steve Edwardson is the executive administrator of the Council. Further information about the Council and its activities can be found online at: http://www.ndbarley.net/

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