In 2017, the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association voted to form a Malt Barley Committee to assist Ohio farmers interested in growing malt barley. Winter malting barley is new to Ohio and today, the Malt Barley Committee continues to work to assist farmers with important issues facing this emerging crop.
One of our current major initiatives is crop insurance. This important item continues to be a focus area for the Malt Barley Committee. To date, the committee has met with the Risk Management Agency (RMA) at USDA to work toward granting Contract Malting Barley Coverage for Ohio counties in 2019. Contract Malting Barley coverage allows farmers to protect malt barley to a value that is closer to what will be produced for malt houses.