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Hops (Humulus lupulus) are an essential component of beer production. Virginia Cooperative Extension has seen a steady increase in requests for hop-focused information and resources. Prior to 2014, no systems were in place to formally assess the scope of the Virginia industry, and national hop acreage reports did not provide data for Virginia. In 2014, Virginia Cooperative Extension faculty developed and distributed the first Virginia hop grower survey and shared the results in a publication. The state-wide survey effort was updated and repeated in 2015, 2016, and 2017. A survey was distributed to Virginia hop growers in November-December 2017 to evaluate the status of the industry, draw comparisons to the 2014-2016 surveys, and develop benchmarks for future growth assessments. The results provide useful information for growers and industry stakeholders.
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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.
January 31, 2018