Anheuser-Busch, Miller Coors slash contracts for malt barley, (Great Falls Tribune, 1/25/2017)
Both Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors have informed growers they will only be purchasing a fraction of the malt barley they have in the past five years because of an overabundance of barley harvested in recent years. Combined, the two brewing giants account for the purchase of nearly two-thirds of the barley grown in northcentral Montana.
The downturn in contracts for malt barley will be especially challenging for communities in Teton, Pondera and Chouteau counties, where the bulk of Montana’s malt barley is grown.
Map source: Montana Prayer (arrows added)
Striped field of wheat and hay in Cascade County, Montana, just north of Great Falls. (1955)
Photo by Retiring Guy's dad