Hops (Humulus lupulus) are an essential component of beer production. Though hops have been grown in Virginia since the 1700s, Virginia hop production has been minor in past decades. Most major hop production in the U.S. takes place in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. However, in recent years, the number of craft breweries in Virginia has increased and interest in local hop production has grown. Virginia Cooperative Extension has seen a steady increase in requests for hop-focused information and resources. Prior to 2014, no systems were in place to formally assess the scope of the Virginia industry, and national hop acreage reports did not provide data for Virginia. In 2014, Virginia Cooperative Extension faculty developed and distributed the first Virginia hop grower survey and shared the results in a publication. The state-wide survey effort was updated and repeated in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.
A survey was distributed to Virginia hop growers in August-December 2018 to evaluate the status of the industry, draw comparisons to the 2014-2017 surveys, and develop benchmarks for future growth assessments.
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Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg.
April 10, 2019