"Every bushel of barley we sell helps keep paychecks coming in for Montana farmers, and our partnership means Montana barley jobs are secure for years to come,” Baucus said in a statement Monday. “When the world's largest brewer invests in our barley, it sends a signal across the globe that Montana is the best of the best, and that gives us a strong leg up when competing for business around the world.”

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Baucus met with the global vice president of raw materials for Anheuser-Busch InBev, Tom Adamitis.

"Anheuser-Busch InBev is pleased to continue a strong partnership with Montana barley growers," Adamitis said. "This allows us to deliver our high-quality, iconic beers to customers throughout the world and brings jobs and economic benefit to Montana. We thank Sen. Baucus for continuing his hard work to help secure this pro-growth partnership."

Baucus’s statement said Anheuser-Busch InBev contracts tens of millions of dollars annually from almost 500 contract growers in Montana.

The United States and the EU share the largest trade relationship in the world.