Hops (Humulus lupulus L.) play a crucial role in the beer making process. Within the female flowers, known as “cones,” there are lupulin glands containing alpha acids, beta acids, and essential oils, which provide bittering and unique aroma flavors to beer. Recent increasing demand in specialty beers and locally sourced ingredients, compounded with the decline in worldwide hop production and commodity crop prices, has resulted in an increased interest in local hop production.
At present, the majority of hop production is in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. In the past 5 years, United States hop production has increased 72 percent, spreading growth to other states including New York and Michigan. As of June 2017, Nebraska has 39 strung acres of hops under production, which increased 15 acres since 2016; the United States, as of June 2017, has a total of 54,135 acres of hops under production.
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Fall 2017 Hop Production Workshop
Are you interested in growing hops or expanding your production? Are you a farmer looking for a high-value specialty crop? Are you an educator seeking to learn more about hop production? Join Nebraska Extension and Midwest Hop Producers for the Fall 2017 Hop Production Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 4th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Presentations will cover every aspect of hop production, from site selection and trellis building to pests and diseases and post-harvest processing. Register NOW! Contact Katie Kreuser with any questions, email@example.com or 402-472-3036.
Registration open for Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show
Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show Jan. 18–19, 2018, at the Embassy Suites Omaha Downtown Old Market.
The conference will feature a variety of sessions for hop growers and craft brewers throughout the two-day event. Several prominent speakers from around the country will be on hand to discuss the market outlook, horticultural practices of growing hops, pest and disease control, harvest and post-harvest practices, nutrient management, legal and regulatory topics, water sciences, marketing and branding, crop and brewery insurance and more. Full story.
Katie Kreuser – Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator
Katie Kreuser joined the University of Nebraska–Lincoln hops team in April 2017 as Nebraska Extension Hop Program Coordinator. She is located in Plant Sciences Hall on Nebraska’s East Campus. Prior to this position, she was a research technician in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture Department, focusing on buffalograss and hop breeding projects.
Her roles include developing and delivering training to Nebraska hop growers and brewers, sharing timely information via publications and social media, and managing the annual Nebraska Grower and Brewer Conference & Trade Show.
She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 402-472-3036.