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Henderson elected president of National Barley Growers

Montana

Dave Henderson, barley producer from Cut Bank, Mont., was elected President of the National Barley Growers Association at their summer board meeting in Milwaukee, Wis. Henderson will represent barley growers from across the U.S. for the next two years. Scott Brown, Soda Springs, Idaho, will serve a two-year term as Vice President.

Henderson has been a director of the Montana Grain Growers Association since 2003. He has been farming in Cut Bank since 1978 and has been active in his community serving on the FSA County Committee, the volunteer fire department and the board of directors of the Bank of Glacier County. He has also had an active leadership role with his local Elks Association and was President of the Montana State Elks in 2000.

NBGA was organized in 1989 as a grass-roots organization dedicated to advancing the national and international interests of US barley producers. Seven states currently maintain full membership status in the NBGA including Idaho, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon and Washington. They work closely with federal policymakers, congressional offices and regulatory agencies to ensure that barley producer concerns are considered. NBGA is dedicated to improving barley growers' income through reduced costs, effective risk management tools, competitive market prices and an adequate farm program safety net. Other priorities include developing new marketing opportunities for barley, ensuring open and fair trading rules in global markets, eliminating unfair trading practices used by competitors and reforming government regulations that impede barley producers' ability to make a reasonable return.

Barley is a major agricultural commodity in Montana which consistently ranks second in the U.S. in barley production. In 2008, Montana producers grew over 37 million bushels of barley at a sales value of $209 million dollars. With a decline in feed barley production over the past twenty years, malting barley varieties currently make up over 60 percent of total Montana barley production.



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