Virginia Hop Growers: 2018 Hops Survey from Virginia Cooperative Extension

Dear Virginia hop growers,

It's that time of year again! We need your help with our end-of-season 2018 survey! Please complete this survey for your Virginia production by November 30th: https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bdbd66qEB1r2dEh

To measure changes, inform stakeholders, and support research and education, we aim to capture state-wide crop information for our relatively young industry. What will we do with this information? You will remain anonymous. The results will be summarized for informational presentations, publications, and reports to growers, stakeholders, and the public.

You should take this survey if you are in Virginia and consider yourself a commercial grower (aka, if you intend to sell your hops, if you are a farm brewery that intends to use the hops that you grow, or if you otherwise grow hops for purposes other than strict hobby). You can categorize your operation as "commercial" independent of planting size, even if it is small. If you have planted hops but have not yet harvested a marketable/useable quantity of hops, we would still like you to take the survey.

The survey will close November 30th. I may send one additional reminder email; I apologize if you have received this email in error--please disregard.

Growers, please note: We have Extension resources for hops, including some new ones! Visit our hops page on the Virginia Cooperative Extension Website for a complete listing of publications, useful links, and services available to you: http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/hops/index.html

Also, save the date for the 2019 South Atlantic Hops Conference on March 16 and 17 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC.

If you have questions or if you would like assistance finding your local Extension office to access Extension services, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for your assistance with our 2018 survey efforts!

OBJECTIVES

The Loudoun Hops Association is a non-profit collective of hop farmers, brewers, research professionals, and enthusiasts. Through collaborative efforts, we look to sustain industry practices beneficial to many facets of the mid-Atlantic markets of rural agriculture, agro-tourism, commercial farming, and increase demand for this diverse cash crop.

Our aim is to promote interest for new growers, provide a support network for current growers, and connect brewers and restaurants with local growers. The industry will not become sustainable until enough people are growing and using local hops to support research and testing for a higher quality product.

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INITIATIVES PARTNERS

LOUDOUN VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

At the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development, we’re here to help build your business. Dedicated to recruiting new business, growing our existing industries and improving our county’s business climate, we’re ready and waiting to provide a wide range of services for your company, whether you’re a start-up or well-established player.

VSU COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE

Our academic programs offer a comprehensive array of majors and concentrations that prepare our students to become leaders in the fields of nutrition, food science, apparel design and retail, child care, restaurant and hotel management, agriculture and more. As part of VSU’s land-grant mission, the College of Agriculture also houses the Virginia Cooperative Extension program and an Agricultural Research Station, each which provide valuable resources to Virginia residents, while also providing practical, hands-on internship and work study opportunities for our students.

VT COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND LIFE SCIENCES

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences uses the land-grant model of research, education, and outreach to tackle the complex challenges facing our world. Working together, we are exploring ways to preserve our natural resources and improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for people around the globe — not only today, but for generations to come.

Dragon Hops

We are a family owned and operated Northern Virginia HOPS YARD with the only fully functioning hops processing for all hops growers. Located in Loudoun County in the Blue Ridge Foothills area, we grow hops in an environmentally friendly and USDA Organic methods with the aim of providing Virginian Micro, Craft and Home Brewers with premium hops for their craft.

THE NEW AG SCHOOL

The New Ag School is a workforce development program emerging here in Loudoun County to train our residents the needed skills to work in agriculture based businesses around our region. From growing hops and serving customers at a winery to raising chickens and selling products a farmers market, we are teaching the basic skills through mentoring and online modules to fill the needs of local businesses. The programs start with fundamental skills and will grow over time into specialized programs. The Leadership and Entrepreneurism module ensures that the students can find their way into management and business ownership.  They will have a mentor available to continue their never ending growth to becoming a leader. There is career counseling as well as labor pool workforce placement available for projects. For further information, visit our website at Newagschool.org or email us at info@newagschool.org.

Fabbioli Cellars

Bound by a common passion for fine wines, earth-friendly farming, and lasting friendships, everyone at Fabbioli Cellars revels in the challenges that each day brings while keeping confident that their efforts will not only bring them closer together, but will positively impact the experiences of each customer and the community, while showcasing the best in Loudoun’s rural economy.

BLACK HOPS FARM

Black Hops is a family farm located in Lucketts, Virginia. We collaborate with distilleries, breweries and restaurants to put quality Virginia agricultural products to use behind the bar.

Hamilton Hops

VA Hops start up located at R-Farm in Hamilton VA. Our goal: To Provide a Cost Competitive High-Quality local Hops alternative for brewers in the Mid-Atlantic.

Hamilton Hops and R-Farm are committed to Hops agriculture education in Loudoun County Virginia. In 2018 we will be kicking off Hops trials that will include multiple untested varieties for the area.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Cooperative Extension puts university knowledge into the hands of people. We are credible experts and educators who provide information, education, and tools you can use every day to improve your life.

USA Hops - Hops Growers of America

Hop Growers of America is a trade association focused on grower support through technical, scientific research; trade promotion and harmonization; educational outreach; expansion of industry and USDA statistics, and more.

CONTACT US

Loudoun Hops Association is passionate about fostering local, sustainable solutions by creating new ways to work directly with local entrepreneurs, civil society organizations, and partner country governments to help nations build a strong economy. We are focused on embracing a model of development that taps into the expertise, resources, and innovations of a diverse array of organizations across the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

For more information or partnership opportunities, please email us at loudounhopsassociation@gmail.com

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