AgAnswers...Ohio State workshop to focus on hops production for microbreweries

WOOSTER, Ohio - Growers looking to supply hops to Ohio's booming microbrewery industry need to first research which varieties of hops craft brewers want to avoid the costly mistake of investing in the wrong types, a horticulture expert with Ohio State University's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences says.

Ohio beer manufacturers spend an estimated $4 million annually on purchases of hop cones, or hops, to create craft beers. This creates a huge opportunity for local growers to get into hops production, said Brad Bergefurd, a horticulturist with Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

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