NEWS CONFERENCE, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24th

Senator Ron Wyden, Southern Oregon Brewers and Local Ranchers on the Use of Spent Grain for Livestock Feed

Ashland, OR – The alliance between one of Oregon’s oldest industries, agriculture, and one of the newest, craft beer, is at risk of being torn apart by federal regulators. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, members of the Oregon Brewers Guild and representatives of agriculture will hold a news conference at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014, at Caldera Brewery & Restaurant in Ashland to review ongoing FDA attempts to regulate the longstanding use of brewing by-products, such as spent grain, by farmers and ranchers.

In addition to being chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Wyden is also co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus. The Oregon Brewers Guild estimates that it would cost Oregon beer makers $8.4 million a year to compost the spent grain where applicable or $18.2 million in landfill charges.

Who:

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden

Southern Oregon Brewers

Local farmers and ranchers

What:

News conference regarding federal regulations that would penalize the use of spent grain produced by brewers as livestock feed by Oregon ranchers and farmers.

When:

10:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014

Where: 

Caldera Brewery & Restaurant

590 Clover Lane

Ashland