Getting Started

Use the resources listed below to help you get started with your hop production.  Want to receive more information on hop production and details about upcoming MSU hop events? Sign up to receive the Michigan State University Digest or follow us on Facebook at Michigan State University Hop News.

NEW! Hop Production in the Midwest and Eastern North America Online Course Now Available.

Join experts from the Great Lakes Hop Working Group for this self-paced, comprehensive introductory course on hop production in reemerging regions of North America including the Plains, Great Lakes and Northeast.  This online, on-demand hop production course includes a primer on the hop market, economic considerations, yard design and establishment, current production practices and postharvest handling. You can preview the first course module for free at Media Space

The cost to register is $50 and includes all course content. Pesticide recertification credits are available for Michigan applicators. A certificate of completion is available upon completion of all course work. Scholarships are available, contact Erin Lizotte at for more information.

Click here for registration instructions and technical assistance info.  

Commercial crop overview

Cost of production


Hopyard establishment

Cultivars and genetics





Hobby production



Plant suppliers

Hardware suppliers

Coir suppliers

Irrigation suppliers