Hops Workshop July 19 at Panhandle REC in Scottsbluff

Hops Workshop July 19 at Panhandle REC in Scottsbluff June 30, 2017

The University of Nebraska and the University of Wyoming will be hosting a hops workshop July 19 at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff.

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required for the meal count. To register, call the Center at 308-632-1230 before July 14.

Scottsbluff is one of five Nebraska sites where hops varieties are being evaluated. Eight varieties are behind evaluated at the Panhandle REC hops yard for potential use by craft beer brewers and hobbyists. Stacy Adams, UNL associate professor of practice in horticulture specialty crops, is overseeing the project and Extension Educator Gary Stone is managing the Panhandle hops yard.

Nebraska has more than 30 commercial craft breweries, which are sourcing most of their hops from out of state. This project will evaluate the potential for commercial hops production by specialty crop growers in Nebraska. Researchers are looking at plant health, productivity, quality and annual consistency.

This Nebraska Hops Project is supported by funding from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Specialty Crop Block Grant Project (SCBGP).

Topics at the July 19 workshop will include:

  • The Panhandle Center Hops Yard — Gary Stone, Nebraska Extension educator
  • Overview of the UNL Hops Project — Stacy Adams, UNL
  • Potential Hops Pests and Diseases — Catherine Wissner, University of Wyoming Extension Educator
  • Hops Economics, Jessica Groskopf — Nebraska Extension Educator, ag economics
  • Hops Use, TBD
  • Hops Yard Tour

Preregistration

The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but preregistration is required for the meal count. To register, call the Center at 308-632-1230 before July 14.