7th Annual Wisconsin Hop Production Seminar scheduled for March 12

hop-vines-409870_1920Contact:
Carl Duley, UW-Extension Buffalo County agricultural agent, 608-685-6256, carl.duley@wisc.edu
Jerry Clark, UW-Extension Chippewa County agricultural agent, 715-726-7955 jerome.clark@wisc.edu

The 7th Annual Hop Production for the Wisconsin Craft Brew Industry seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 and is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The seminar focuses on hop production practices and marketing outlook. The workshop will be held at Pearl Street Brewing in La Crosse, WI (1401 Saint Andrew Street). Registration begins at 9 a.m. with presentations starting promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Cost for the one day program is $50 per person and includes conference materials, meals, breaks, and brewery tour. Registration is limited to the first 80 paid registrants. A registration form can be found at http://buffalo.extension.wisc.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops/ or contact carl.duley@wisc.edu. Registration deadline is March 4, 2016.

Topics and speakers include:

 — National and International Look at Hop Markets: Where do small growers fit in? Jaki Brophy; Communications Director, Hop Growers of America, Washington State

— Wisconsin Hop Disease Update. Amanda Gevens, UW-Extension plant pathologist

— Hop Disease: What we saw in 2014 and 2015. What to watch for in 2016. Michelle Marks, UW-Madison plant pathologist

 — Into the Wild: In Hop Pursuit (Minnesota wild hop breeding program. Joshua Havill; UMN, Department of Plant Pathology

— How do Hop herbicides work? Jed Colquhoun, UW-Extension weed specialist

— The Wisconsin Clean Hop Rhizome Program Update. Ruth Genger, UW-Madison plant pathology lab

 — Our History and Our Beer. Joe Katchever; Owner and Brewmaster, Pearl Street Brewery

3 p.m. — Brewery Tours and continued networking opportunity (beverages and snacks will be available)

This program is funded in part by a grant received from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE).

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