They thought they knew everything they needed to know about barley.
After all, Mike and Linda O'Brien had grown cereal grains on his family's farm for years. It was the same farm near Conrad, Mont., that his family had homesteaded.
But when markets were tough, Mike took a full-time engineering job off the farm and Linda, who worked part-time as a travel agent at the time, took over attending growers' meetings in his place. At every meeting, she heard the same thing — think "value added."
"But I'm not a great bread baker, and I'm allergic to hops, so we weren't going to make beer," Linda joked. So, she said, she started researching other uses for barley. READ MORE >>
Originally published Oct. 2016 in The Fence Post.