Arizona's malt house saves water and helps local brewers

Swapping out water-intensive crops for barley alleviates demand on rivers like the Salt and Verde, which supply Phoenix, Arizona. A collaboration between the Nature Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit, and farmers in the Verde Valley helped to save millions of gallons of water by encouraging the farmers to plant barley instead of corn. The farmers can sell their barley crop to a newly established malt house, Sinagua Malt. The malt house operates with the help of the Nature Conservancy, which has invested in the project.

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