Just a reminder that our 1st Annual All-Member meeting is 10 AM on Saturday at at Day Block Brewery in Minneapolis. RSVP now to help ensure we have everyone accommodated for.
Dr. Charlie Rohwer from the University of Minnesota has released a 2013 season update for his ongoing hop research. You can view the update at the following link. The update is listed as "2013 Update" in the right-side column. Also check out the MN hop pesticide list on the same page.
The University of Wisconsin Extension and North Central Sustainable Agriculture and Education program are hosting their 5th Annual Seminar for Hop Production for the Wisconsin Brewing Industry. The seminar will focus on preserving hop quality from production through brewing.
The seminar will be held March 1 in Wausau, WI. View their web page for more information: http://buffalo.uwex.edu/agriculture/barley-and-hops/
Member grower Mighty Axe Hops was recently featured in a MinnPost.com article. The article touches on Mighty Axe's Eric Sannerud's connection with the land, efforts to organize young farmers in Minnesota, and the potentially tense relationships between small farmers and big agribusiness farmers.
You can read the article here:
Save the date! Saturday February 22nd will be the first annual meeting of the Minnesota Hop Growers Association. It will be held at the Day Block Event Center located at 1105 Washington Ave S in Minneapolis. The event center is upstairs from the soon to be open Day Block Brewing Company ( www.dayblockbrewing.com ).
This is a free, members-only event. Non-members can become a member using our Registration Form.
Tentative Agenda: (subject to change)
10:00 - 10:30 Registration
10:30-12:00 MHGA Business Meeting
12:00 - 1:00 lunch
1:00-3:30 "Establishing a Hop Yard" Presentations and panel discussion (Variety Selection/Planting, Trellis Design/Construction, Irrigation)
3:30 - 4:00 Local hops - Brewer perspective
4:00 - 5:00 Social Hour
Anyone processing hops needs to be aware of food safety practices and regulations that apply. The University of Minnesota Extension is putting on a Microbrewery Food Safety and HACCP Workshop. We have been assured that the content will apply to hops processing as well. Information can be found at:
The Hop Garden is offering two workshops on growing Hops. The first, Backyard Hop Growing, is designed for the home brewer or the folks that just like to learn more about hops and how they are used in beer making. Workshop dates are January 11th, 25th, and February 8th. Cost is $45/person or $35/person for groups of two or more.
The second workshop, The Commercial Hop Growing Workshop, is designed for the person that is thinking about growing a larger amount of hops from ¼ acre which is about 250 plants to 10 acres or more. Workshop dates are
February 1st, 15th and 22nd. Cost is $125 per person or $95 per person if signing up in a group of two or more.
Visit http://thehopgarden.net/ for more details and registration information.
At the October 15th board meeting, the MHGA board passed a motion to provide support to a University of Minnesota project, led by undergraduate student researcher Joshua Havill and overseen by Dr. John Erwin and Dr. Charlie Rowher, studying several aspects of above ground hop plant propagation. In a nutshell, Joshua's work aims to reduce the cost of starting new plants, by researching various techniques that would allow Midwest growers to effectively establish new plants from existing plants without requiring the purchase of new plants or rhizomes. The board agreed to purchase plant stock that Joshua would use to conduct his research. Joshua has agreed to include a team of MHGA members that will help provide direct grower input into his research. At the conclusion of the project, the results will be shared with MHGA members, and all MHGA-purchased plant stock will be returned to the organization.
On December 8th, from 2-5pm, the MHGA will be holding a member meet & greet to be hosted at Surly Brewing. This is an opportunity for members to connect and network while enjoying a tasty brew. This event is open to all members and spouses are welcome. If you have any questions you can contact us through the website or the forums. We hope to see you there!
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