Sen. Schumer Calls for Greater Crop Insurance Options for New York Malt Barley Growers

An Associated Press article from Friday reported that, “U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer is heading to Columbia County to call for greater federal help for New York’s growing craft beer industry.

“The Democrat on Friday will visit a local brewery to discuss efforts to add New York to a list of states eligible for a special federal crop insurance program for farmers who grow malt barley.

“Schumer says malt barley is a risky proposition for farmers in New York. He says that giving New York farmers greater crop insurance options will encourage more farmers to grow it.”

The AP article added that, “Demand for locally grown malt barley is expected to increase as brewers look for local ingredients to use in their beer.”

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