Who we are
The National Barley Foods Council (NBFC) is a not-for-profit 501(a) group based in Spokane, WA. The NBFC was established in 1989 to serve as an information clearinghouse for barley food issues and to promote awareness and usage of barley on behalf of the US barley industry.

Organization structure
The NBFC is led by a board of directors comprised of barley producer groups. The NBFC board oversees the development and execution of our annual program, which runs from July 1 to June 30. Currently, the NBFC is the only not-for-profit organization providing generic publicity and education specifically for barley on a national basis.

Key accomplishments
Financial contributions from NBFC-member organizations have helped us reach significant goals in our quest to increase consumption of barley as a healthful and practical food choice.  Key accomplishments include:


  • Submitted an unqualified health claim petition titled “Barley B-glucan Soluble Fiber and Barley Products Containing B-glucan Soluble Fiber and Coronary Heart Disease” to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  The FDA subsequently amended CFR 101.81, the regulation authorizing a health claim on the relationship between oat beta-glucan soluble fiber and reduced risk of coronary heart disease to include barley as an additional eligible source of beta-glucan soluble fiber.  A final ruling was published in the Federal Register on May 22, 2006.
  • Established the Barley Foods Research Steering Committee to provide technical assistance in identifying and directing future barley foods research projects.
  • Collaborated with the National Barley Improvement Committee and the Barley Foods Research Steering Committee to secure funding in the US Department of Agriculture/Agriculture Research Services budget for on-going barley foods research.
  • Delivered health and culinary messages about barley to consumers and food/nutrition professionals across the US through media outreach campaigns.
  • Created and maintained an online news and information resource for barley food and nutrition issues.
NBFC membership is open to all state barley producer groups as well as other companies involved in barley foods production, milling or processing.

How we’re funded
All NBFC program and administrative costs are funded through member dues and contributions from private industry.

Looking to the future
Financial support from barley producer groups and private industry will enable the NBFC to help expand new markets for food barley through on-going education and promotional programs geared towards:
  • Consumers
  • Food manufacturers
  • Health and nutrition professionals
  • Foodservice operators and distributors
For more information
For more information on NBFC programs and funding opportunities contact:
National Barley Foods Council
2702 W. Sunset Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99224
Phone: (509) 456-2481
E-mail: mary@wagrains.com





Meet our member organizations

The National Barley Foods Council is comprised of five state producer organizations. In addition to working together through the NBFC to promote barley food issues on a national level, each of these groups works to promote barley within their individual states through a variety of educational, market development and research initiatives. For more information, we invite you to visit our member web sites:

Idaho Barley Commission

Montana Wheat & Barley Committee
North Dakota Barley Council
Oregon Grains Commission
Washington Grain Commission





Barley Foods Research Steering Committee

In an effort to seek conclusive documentation of barley’s important health benefits, and to help direct future barley foods research and product development, the US barley industry, under the leadership of the National Barley Foods Council, assembled the Barley Foods Research Steering Committee. This group is made up of barley producers, nutrition professionals and scientists representing private industry, the United States Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service and academia.

The committee has identified the following goals and activities to pursue on behalf of the US barley industry:

  •  Compile and review existing barley research
  •  Seek new funding to conduct additional barley foods research
  •  Identify new research priorities



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Cindy Ritter
Media Representative