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Norsk Håndverksmalt – Update (03.16)

With the fast approaching spring of 2016 nearly here, we are now planning for the next round of field trials and the varieties we hope to test. There are many regions that would be suitable for testing these trials and we hope that we can make sure we provide some good connections with many of the local farm communities to stimulate the growing of grains for malting.

This coming month we continue our work with Norges Vel (the Royal Norwegian society for development), as we concentrate on further developing the growing network in Norway, for the opportunity in developing malting quality grains for the local and regional markets. There are many key actors in this industry that should work together in partnership for the future growth of this valuable industry.

We are in the process of formalising our organisational structure and will continue to improve and develop our regional infrastructure for business growth. Linking the grain farmers in the value chain is of great importance and improving regional facilities for the storage of these grains will help initiate a restart to the Norwegian grains and malt industry.

Field trials – 2016

We would like to continue our trials in the south of the country, specifically in already popular grain producing regions.

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We have reduced the number of varieties from last year and have also started to include the expertise from Secobra and will continue our relations with IFBM and NMBU.

For information on the varieties we have selected for this year, please contact me directly.

Norges Vel – Network development

There are currently at least 5 grain and malt projects running independently in the country and the region.

These have been coordinated by:




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Norsk Håndverksmalt

For there to be a reliable production and operating model for the growers and the malt houses, a coordinated strategy between the various “public agencies” and their projects will provide a common cause, common goal and a common purpose, and realize gained benefits for the newly developing craft malt industry.

The need for effective multi-agency cooperation, working and information sharing in order to secure improved development outcomes, is clearly of benefit. Some listed benefits would include:

An accurate national assessment of risk and demand

Wider distribution of the core projects reach and support

Better understanding between coordinating agencies

Greater efficiency in processes and resources

Although this concept appears simple to adopt it will mainly depend on three common principles: information sharing, joint decision-making and coordinated intervention.

*Public-private partnerships are a key mechanism to develop and deliver a reliable stream of technology in the face of changing demands. Collaborative partnerships can effectively bridge the gap between public and private sectors’ distinctive competencies in order to meet farmers’ needs.

For the Norwegian Government/Nordic governments/EU, partnerships offer a way to translate shared research outputs into useful, relevant tools for their own farmers. They can offer access to a greater variety of technology choices; they can spread and share the financial burden of research; and they can create a flexible, expert resource for capacity-building.

Norsk Håndverksmalt – Organisational network

Providing viable connections through the cooperative members and then their partners and industry associates, will help develop a stronger framework for growth and governance.

Providing an open communication channel between all these “actors” will broaden the reach of the organisation and ensure high quality from the received grains.

NHM - Organisational framework
NHM – Organisational framework

Final notes

All of our malt house applications for 2016 have been submitted. We will continue this next period in improving the malt production system and and malt house infrastructure and also start to encourage our regional farm communities to look at planting malting grains this spring.

If you would like to link to this project and help in anyway we warmly welcome your advice, knowledge and future inputs.


Until next month!