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Grant awarded: USDA Funds OREI grant to develop multi-use naked barley for organic farming systems

Lucia Gutierrez (Agronomy) and Julie Dawson (Horticulture) were awarded a grant through the Organic Research and Extension Initiative at USDA (lead Oregon State U.). The grant will provide $285K over three years to breed for naked barley and a modest level of β-glucan to create varieties suitable for brewing, feed use, and that will meet FDA guidelines for soluble fiber in human diets.