Barley is a versatile crop with applications ranging from food production and beverage manufacturing to agricultural feed.
It is a short-season crop that adapts to different kinds of environments allowing it to be grown throughout the U.S.
Barley growers in the United States plant roughly 3.5 million acres of barley each year.
These acres produce about 200 million bushels of barley annually.
An estimated 90% of U.S. barley is grown in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains areas including Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.
Three-fourths or more of this production is destined to become malting barley.
The U.S. barley crops provides the basis for the production of over 190 million barrels of beer annually by U.S. brewers.