Barley Checkoff Dollars at Work!

Idaho Barley Commission

Barley Checkoff Dollars at Work!

IBC is a self-governing agency of the State of Idaho that serves to enhance the profitability of the Idaho barley growers through research, market development, promotion, information and education. This is accomplished by identifying and fully utilizing available resources and organizations to promote and further develop the barley industry in the state of Idaho.

Grain Markets

Global Grain Market Outlook: January 2015 presented by Kelly Olson, Idaho Barley Commission

US Economic Outlook January 2015 presented by Doug Robison, Senior Vice President, Northwest Farm Credit Services Western Division




  • Soda Springs – Jan 29 at 9 to 11 am, Senior Citizen Center
  • Driggs – Jan 29 at Driggs at 3 to 5 pm, Senior Center
  • New Plymouth – Jan 30 at 10 am to 12:30 pm, Payette County Fairgrounds

Idaho Feed Barley Available for Purchase

Due to highly unusual monsoonal moisture received just before and during harvest, a significant portion of Idaho’s high yielding and high quality malting barley crop has been down-graded as feed.  Please see a list of Idaho feed barley merchandisers for more information. Idaho Feed Barley Fact Sheet

IBC issues Guidance to Idaho malting barley producers on how to handle malting barley injured by sprout…

  • Barley growers are urged to be patient and not panic as they try to complete their 2014 harvest.   We recommend producers follow these steps:

    • Follow best management harvesting practices, particularly avoid harvesting lodged barley.  Beware that injured by sprout barley is more fragile and more susceptible to skinned and broken kernels.
    • Quickly harvest the remaining grain to prevent growth of molds. Sooty molds will increase off flavors in malt and reduce suitability for feed.
    • Store your barley with good aeration. 
    • Take a good bin sample

    Sprout Damage

Successful inaugural Idaho Barley Crop Field Short Course held for Craft Brewers on July 14-15 .

Crop Insurance

Make Every Bite Count with Barley

Barley is a great source of dietary fiber and contains both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is effective in lowering blood cholesterol and can reduce the risk of heart disease. Soluble fiber is also beneficial in slowing the absorption of sugar and reducing the risk for developing type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes. The insoluble fiber found in barley may be beneficial in helping the body maintain regular bowl function. Insoluble fiber may also help lower the risk for certain cancers such as colon cancer.

Barley is a whole grain and is packed with good nutrition. This centuries-old grain contains fiber, vitamins and minerals; is slim on fat; and, like all plant products, is cholesterol-free.

The USDA My Plate specifically recommends that Americans eat at least 3 ounces of grains per day, with half of those as "whole" grains. Clinical studies have shown that the consumption of whole grains helps reduce the risk of hypertension, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and cardiovascular disease, while also promoting satiety and weight control.

Find out more about USDA's nutritional recommendations at You can get assistance with personalized healthy menu planning at this website.


  • 2015 UI Cereal Schools -
    Feb. 3 - Burley Inn
    Feb. 4 - Pocatello Red Lion
    Feb. 5 - Idaho Falls University Place (Bennion Student Union Bldg) & Ashton Trails End
    Feb. 6 - Preston Fairgrounds
    March 16 - Fairfield
    Link to 2015 Southern Idaho Cereal School Agenda

    Feb. 24 - Greencreek Community Center
    Feb. 25 - Genesee Firehall
    Feb. 26 - Bonners Ferry fairgrounds



December 2014 Newsbrief Highlights:

  • 2015 Grain Marketing Workshops
  • IBC supports 2015 UI Cereal Schools
  • Guest article on Immigration Reforms

Board Meeting Minutes

Monthly Idaho Barley Newsbrief

Attached is our Idaho Barley Newsbrief for November 2014.  Topics include:

  • Farm Bill Workshops
  • Idaho Grain Market Report marks 19th year
  • Dr. Christopher Rogers Agronomist Corner
  • Whole Farm Insurance available in 2015
  • Dr. Howard Neibling honored