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More Wisconsin grown barley being used in craft beer industry

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin farmers are making more barley that's being used in a growing craft beer industry.

Craft breweries are already using Wisconsin-grown hops -- and if they can get local barley, the State Journal of Madison says it would be especially appealing to drinkers who want locally-grown products.

Darlington farmer Jim Gratz is harvesting 80 acres of barley this week -- and if it meets the industry's standards, the New Glarus Brewing Company expects to use it next spring in some of its award winning craft products.

If that happens, Gratz says he'll increase his barley output.

Wisconsin used to be a prime source of barley, but farmers eventually found it more profitable to grow corn and soybeans. Most barely that's made in Wisconsin is used to feed farm cattle.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)