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Hops (Humulus lupulus) are an essential component of beer production. Though hops have been grown in Virginia since the 1700s, Virginia hop production has been relatively insignificant until the past decade. Most major hop production in the U.S. takes place in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. However, in recent years, the number of craft breweries in Virginia has increased, and interest in local hop production has grown. The number of requests from current and potential growers seeking information and resources from Virginia Cooperative Extension has also increased steadily. Unfortunately, prior to 2014, no means were available to formally assess the scope of the industry, and national hop acreage reports did not provide data for Virginia.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
March 6, 2015