ST. LOUIS — The next time that you hear that “Buschhhhhh,” think about how much hops, rice, corn and other U.S. crops it takes to quench the demand for Anheuser-Busch beer.

“We work constantly with our farmers and growers. We want to give them as much information as possible to grow the best possible product for our beers,” said Angie Slaughter, Anheuser-Busch senior manager of raw materials and energy procurement.

  • Anheuser-Busch’s agricultural impact in North America includes nearly 50 million bushels of barley from nearly 1,000 U.S. growers, more than 17 million bushels of rice from 300 growers, 450 million pounds of corn grits, more than 200 million pounds of syrups and 7.5 million pounds of hops.
  • Anheuser-Busch works with one of the world’s largest hops farms in Elk Mountain Hops.
  • Its Fort Collins Barley Research facility in Colorado is where barley breeding and other agronomy improvements are studied.
  • A Jonesboro, Ark., rice mill is responsible for 8 million hundredweight of southern long grain paddy rice raised in Arkansas and southeast Missouri.
  • Of all U.S. milled rice, 75 percent of it goes to U.S. breweries.
  • Idaho Falls Malt Plant produces 18 million bushels of two-row malt from a 200-acre farm, and the Moorhead Malt Plant raises 8 million bushels of two- and six-row malt on 90acres.
  • Anheuser-Busch’s Smart Barley program requires participating farmers to work with more than 40 metrics when assessing their barley production.
  • Nearly 17,000 barley growers across the world contribute to Anheuser-Busch’s need for more than 5 million tons of malt barley a year — that’s roughly equal to 20 percent of the world supply.

Karen Binder can be reached at 618-534-0614 or Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Binder.


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