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

2015 Grain Presentation Northwest Farm Credit May

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

2015 Idaho Barley Crop

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.


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.


  • Idaho Barley Commission Board Meeting June 15, 2015 in Boise.

Board Meeting Minutes


Monthly Idaho Barley Newsbrief

Idaho Barley Newsbrief, May 2015 Highlights:

  • Great Western expansion of Pocatello malt plant
  • UI Barley Agronomist Corner
  • Conservation compliance deadline nears