SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. — The ninth annual Hop Conference, Feb.16 in South Burlington, features speakers from throughout the country who will discuss hop agronomy, current research, management practices, marketing and other relevant topics for hop growers.
University of Vermont (UVM) Extension will host the event at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington and Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Registration is at8:15 a.m.
The registration fee, due by Feb. 12, is $75 per person, or $65 for Northeast Hops Alliance members. Lunch is included. Those unable to attend in person may view the conference as a live broadcast for $35.
Highlights include talks by industry experts from Michigan and Massachusetts. Pam Miller, owner and partner of Hopyards in Greenville, Michigan, will discuss strategies for succeeding in a niche market. Rob Sirrine, Michigan State University Extension, will describe successful hop systems in Michigan.
Roy Desrochers will give an interactive taste and aroma presentation. Desrochers, a researcher with the Tufts University Sensory and Science Center, has more than 30 years of experience using sensory technology to help companies, including breweries, around the world successfully develop and maintain products.
Growers also will hear from UVM Extension agronomist Dr. Heather Darby and the UVM Extension Hops Team with an update on hop research at the university. Special sessions will be offered for beginning hop growers on hopyard construction, hopyard trellis design, irrigation, basic hop agronomy, integrated pest management and harvest and post-harvest processing.
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