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Plains barley growers ponder beer deal

Published 06/27/2008, The Jamestown Sun

The prospect of Anheuser-Busch being taken over by a brewing company with roots in Belgium and Brazil has made some Northern Plains barley growers uneasy. Budweiser is king in Idaho, Montana and North Dakota, where nearly three-fourths of the nation’s barley is grown. Fairfield, in north-central Montana, even touts itself as the “Barley Capital of the World.” Malt barley from the region also finds its way into beers brewed by Coors, Miller and international companies that include Grupo Modelo SA, a Mexican producer that recently built an Idaho Falls, Idaho, plant to process barley into malt.

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