Hoist another Sapporo for me.
In a country where use of genetically modified grains is on the rise, some farmers are making a shift to non-GMO varieties. Some producers who choose to grow conventional strains have found a niche market that will significantly increase their bottom line.
A case in point can be found in Iowa, where a few growers are taking a specific line of high-starch corn and selling it directly to Japanese brewers. The group guarantees the corn was planted, grown, harvested and shipped under strict conditions that preserve its identity.
One farmer estimates his premium for approxiamately 200 acres of the suds producing corn at $36-hundred.