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Barley to Beer: A Field Perspective Course

Barley to Beer: A Field Perspective Course
July 22-25, 2019
Northern Crops Institute
Fargo, North Dakota, USA

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Monday, June 24th, 2019

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Course Overview

This short course provides participants with information on how to successfully grow high quality malting barley, as well a basic understanding of the malting process and the brewing of beer, through lectures and tours – including a trip to a farm to see actual barley fields and meet with the producers growing them. The “Barley Field School” portion of the program is held on July 23 and 24, providing information on botanical and physiological factors in barley growth, grain handling and storage information specific to malting barley, risk management and marketing, and practical advice from barley growers in North Dakota.  The “Barley-to-Beer” segment (the morning of July 25) is a half-day “bonus program” that covers malting and malt quality, as well as brewing from a craft brewer perspective.  The program is a collaboration between the Institute of Barley and Malt Sciences (IBMS) at North Dakota State University and the Northern Crops Institute (NCI). Participants will gather the evening of July 22 for an opening reception at a local brewery and enjoy a wonderful prime rib supper out on a farm the evening of July 24. Attendees need to dress for the expected summer heat while walking through fields and grain elevators.


Registration Fee is $500.00

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Monday, June 24th, 2019

For your course fee, you will also receive access to materials from lectures and laboratory demonstrations, refreshments during scheduled breaks and lunches. An opening reception will be held the evening of Monday, July 22nd. Hotel rooms and other meals ARE NOT included.

To pay by credit card or with an electronic check for the course, register below:

To pay by check, fill out this form. Mail the form with your check to Northern Crops Institute (address below). Checks must be payable to Northern Crops Institute and drawn on a United States bank.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Enroll early. This course is limited to a maximum of 24 participants. All courses are contingent upon sufficient enrollment numbers. Do not make travel reservations until NCI confirms that the course will be offered. If NCI is forced to cancel this course due to insufficient number of participants, dangerous weather or other circumstances, we will immediately notify all registrants and provide a full refund within 10 business days.


Daily complimentary transportation will be provided between Northern Crops Institute and the Radisson Hotel Fargo. Parking is also available in the NCI and T-2 lots on the NDSU Campus. A map of these two lots can be found here. Please request a parking pass when arriving at NCI. Parking is also available at the Radisson Hotel Fargo parking ramp for a daily charge of $7.00.


Northern Crops Institute has reserved a block of rooms at the Radisson Hotel Fargo. Make your reservation via the link below, or call the hotel directly. The room block closes on Monday, June 24th, 2019. Please note that hotel rooms ARE NOT included in the course registration fee.

Radisson Hotel Fargo
201 Fifth Street North, Fargo, ND 58102
Phone: (701) 232-7363
Single Room Rate: $106.00 + 10.5% tax/night

Anyone qualifying for state rate may show their credentials upon check-in and have their rate reduced to $84.60 + taxes/night.


The course is offered in a non-smoking environment. You are welcome to wear casual business attire. If you have questions or special needs (dietary or physical requirements), please contact:

Northern Crops Institute
NDSU Dept. 7400
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050 USA
Phone: 701-231-7736
Fax: 701-231-7235


Northern Crops Institute is an international center for meeting and learning about crops produced in the four-state region of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Montana. Situated on the campus of North Dakota State University, Northern Crops Institute exists as a forum to bring together customers, commodity traders, technical experts, processors and producers from all points of the globe for discussion, education and technical service programs. Since 1983, the Institute has hosted visitors from more than 135 countries.

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity Institution. This publication will be made available in alternative formats upon request (701-231-7736).