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Beginning Hop Grower Workshop


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Join the Minnesota Hop Growers Association (MHGA), University of Minnesota, and Rural Advantage for a day jam-packed with information for the beginning hop grower on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The workshop will be held at the University’s Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) 35838 120th Street Waseca, Minn. 56093, where hop research has been conducted for the last few years.

The day will open with registration at 8:30 a.m.. Indoor presentations will start at 9 a.m. and be followed by an outdoor tour of the SROC hop yard. Lunch will be after the tour. The last of the indoor presentations will follow the meal and adjournment will be at 4p.m.

Attendees will learn about the history of hop production and brewing, how to establish and operate a successful hop yard, harvesting and processing, economics, and marketing. There will also be time for discussion and networking. The experienced presenters will include hop growers, researchers, processors, and brewers.

The workshop will happen rain or shine. Please dress according to the weather for the 1.5 hour tour.

Speakers include John Brach (MHGA president), Charlie Rohwer (U of M hop researcher), Rich Joseph (Wisconsin Hop Exchange), Jeremy Munson (MHGA VP), Joshua Havill and Ian Bottorff (U of M Students), Bobby Blasey (Mankato Brewery).

Registration Fee (includes materials, refreshments, and lunch): $25 for members; $50 for non-members; $75 for registration and one year membership to MHGA. Registration is required.

To register and ask questions, visit the MHGA website, www.mhga.org

DIRECTIONS: From US Hwy 14: Take the exit for Co. Rd. 2 / 360th Ave. Travel east on 360th Ave. for 1.0 mile. Turn right to continue traveling on 360th Ave. After the railroad tracks, veer/turn right onto Old US Hwy 14. Travel for about 0.3 miles. Then turn south (right) onto 120th St. The driveway to the parking lot will be on the left side of the road.

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