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Climate change isn’t just affecting our weather, its affecting our vocations and our livelihoods. You probably aren’t thinking about climate change during happy hour, but it is reshaping the future of American barley and beer markets. Agriculture is Montana’s number one source of revenue and its weather is becoming increasingly unpredictable. Farmers are facing hotter, drier summers and wetter winters, throwing off the growing season and lowering the quality of barley harvested. Producing low quality barley forces farmers to sell their crop as animal feed, priced significantly less than the going rate for beer production. Consequently, this has lowered barley acreage both statewide and nationally. Scientists predict that by 2055, the state wide temperature will increase 4-5 degrees, allowing for new invasive species and pests to emerge. If no action is taken to mitigate the effects of climate change, the economic loss to the state of Montana could be as high as 736 million dollars per year. Beer giant @budweiser has taken note of the effects that climate is having on their growers, working actively to breed new types of drought resistant barley in hopes of withstanding changing climate. Has your career been affected by climate change?