Great Lakes Hop Working Group seeks grower input

Hop researchers are seeking grower input to identify priorities.

Members of the Great Lakes Hop Working Group touring a Michigan hopyard
Members of the Great Lakes Hop Working Group touring a Michigan hopyard. Photo by Erin Lizotte, MSU Extension.

The Great Lakes Hop Working Group, funded by a grant from the North Central Integrated Pest Management Center, formed in 2016 to provide region-specific pest management support to producers in reemerging hop production areas outside of the Pacific Northwest. The goal of this working group is to continue to connect and expand the network of hop educators and researchers working in the Midwest and Eastern U.S. as well as Canada and to focus their efforts on addressing hop industry priorities. These regions represent similar growing conditions that differ significantly from those in the primary production region in the Pacific Northwest U.S. Current members include 66 representatives from 12 universities and the Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Rural Affairs.

In an effort to identify and address hop research and outreach needs, the Great Lakes Hop Working Group has developed a brief survey (less than 3 minutes) and are asking hop farmers, propagators and associated professionals to participate. Participating in this survey is your chance to have your needs heard by hop researchers in North America! The results of the survey will drive future research and outreach efforts.

Take the survey at:

The survey is tablet- and mobile-friendly. Please complete the survey before Oct. 31, 2019 and help us spread the word!

This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection and Pest Management Program through the North Central IPM Center (2018-70006-28883) and USDA NIFA under Award No. 2017-700006-27175. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the US Department of Agriculture.

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