GAINSVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff, administrators and friends of UF/IFAS.
Come to the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) and learn the latest in UF/IFAS hops research at the Hops Field Day. With more than 2 acres, UF/IFAS GCREC now has the biggest hops yard in Florida. Presentations will cover choosing the best hops varieties to
grow, starting your own hops farm, how to control hops pests and how to regulate flowering, using LED lights, among other topics.
According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries in Florida increased from 45 in 2011 to 285 in 2018, with more than $3 billion economic impact. UF/IFAS researchers are trying to meet the growing demand for craft beer in Southwest Florida and around the Sunshine State and find new crops for farmers to grow. Toward those goals, UF/IFAS scientists will show you the progress they’ve made in the past three years with their hops research. Growers, nurseries, students, researchers, industry representatives are all invited. If you’re interested in learning about hops, come to the Hops Field Day.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., May 23, 2019.
WHERE: The UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 County Road 672, Balm, Florida.
–Brad Buck, UF/IFAS