Workshop addresses hop and barley production for Wisconsin craft beer industry

Carl Duley, 608-685-6256,
Tim Rehbein, 608-637-5276,

If you’re interested in growing hops and barley make plans to attend the 2nd annual seminar on hop and barley production on April 9 hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

Western Wisconsin has a rich history in crop production, and these are two additional crops that may have promise noted workshop coordinators, Tim Rehbein, UW-Extension Vernon County agriculture agent and Carl Duley, UW-Extension Buffalo County agriculture agent.

The workshop will be held at the Tomah Hospitality Inn, in Tomah, Wis. on April 9 from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m and will explore the possibilities and challenges associated with production of hops and barley.

Topics and speakers include:

— The Story of Central Waters Brewing; Paul Graham, Brewmaster.
— Progress at Grost Valley Hops and Summary of the 2010 Growing Season; James Altweiss, Gorst Valley Hops
— Second Hop Harvest Experience with the HopInnator; Kory Stalsburg, hop grower
— Malting Barley Research – What the USDA Lab can tell about quality; Cynthia Henson and Allen Budde, USDA Malting Barley Lab
— Financing the Hop and Barley Industry: Working with your Lender; Tony Bowers, USDA Farm Loans
— Update from the Midwest Hop and Barley Cooperative; John Reynolds, Wisconsin Hops and Barley Cooperative
— Barley Production and Malting Options; Carl Duley, UW-Extension Buffalo County agriculture agent
— Hop Harvesting Machines and Options; Tim Rehbein, UW-Extension Vernon County agriculture agent
— Bringing the Wisconsin Hop, Malting Barley and Brewing Industries Together; Paul Graham, brewmaster

Registration fees are $60 per person. The registration deadline is April 1. Please send registration information and payment-checks made payable to UW-Extension, to Buffalo County Office, 407 South 2nd Street, Alma, WI 54610. Registration form and brochure can be found at


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