A Japanese Barley Trade Team visited NCI to learn more about the region's barley industry. The team was sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council (USGC). They were accompanied by Tommy Hamamoto, USGC Japan Director; Michiyo Hoshizawa, USGC Japan Administrative Manager; and Kevin Roepke, USGC/WDC Manager of Global Trade. The team was hosted by Steven Edwardson, North Dakota Barley Council. While at NCI, the team met with barley experts and toured the NDSU Barley Variety Development Greenhouse where they were briefed on the barley variety trials. John Crabtree, NCI Assistant Director, gave them an overview of the region's agriculture and the work of Northern Crops Institute. Natsuki Fujiwara, NCI Food Technologist, outlined the new trends in food ingredient applications for barley.