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

CURRENT GLOBAL GRAIN MARKET OUTLOOK – Dec. 10, 2014 Ag Outlook seminar presentation by Kelly Olson


Sponsored by the University of Idaho Extension, USDA Farm Service Agency, USDA Risk Management Agency, Idaho Barley Commission, University of Idaho Southern Idaho Cereals Extension Team, Northwest Farm Credit, Anheuser Busch, MillerCoors, Great Western Malting Co., Grain Craft, Thresher Artisan Wheat, Lansing Trade Group, Mountain States Insurance and Hub International Insurance Brokers


  • Lessons learned from 2014 sprout damage & why it matters to maltsters and millers - maltster invited and Reuben McLean, Grain Craft (southern and eastern Idaho locations only)
  • Crop Insurance - review of barley and wheat policy coverage and potential changes in 2016 - Ben Thiel, RMA Spokane Regional Office Director
  • Farm Bill - overview of key provisions & on-line decision tools to compare PLC and ARC - Ben Eborn, University of Idaho Extension and Jeremy Nalder, FSA State Office [North Idaho workshops - Ken Hart, University of Idaho Extension]
  • Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) - how it works for wheat and barley - Ben Thiel, RMA Spokane Regional Office Director
  • Farm Bill Workshop Flyer NORTH

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 sproutů

  • 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 .

Western US Malting Barley FHB Forum Presentations - Jan. 9, 2014, Idaho Falls, ID


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 GRAIN MARKETING & HEDGING 101 WORKSHOPS sponsored by the Idaho Barley Commission and DL Evans Bank, 8:30 a.m. to noon. 

    • Jan. 14 - Hampton Inn, Idaho Falls
    • Jan. 15 - Burley Inn
    Pre-registration required by Jan. 7 Please call Kelly Olson at Idaho Barley Commission at 208.334.2090 or 208.409.9165, or email
  • NORTHERN IDAHO SCHEDULE: 8:30 a.m. to Noon, with breakfast
    Jan. 12 - Craigmont - Community Center
    Jan. 13 - Lewiston - Lewis Clark State College -Williams Conference Center (west-central part of campus with easy parking access)
    Jan. 14 - Plummer - Benewah Medical Center
    Jan. 15 - Bonners Ferry - Boundary County Extension Office


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