Hops in Virginia: Need-to-Know Information about Extension Resources
All of the hops publications and resources described on this page can be viewed on the Virginia Cooperative Extension hops website at http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/hops/index.html. The site also contains presentations from hops workshops, upcoming industry events, useful links, and more.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Hops Publications: These include factsheets, pest management guides, Virginia grower survey results, and more.
Hops Analysis from the Virginia Tech Enology Analytical Services Laboratory: The lab can report on moisture, acids, and essential oils from hop samples submitted.
Soil Testing: Samples submitted to Virginia Tech with the crop code for hops (code 75) will return with fertilizer and lime recommendations. To collect and submit a sample, contact your local Extension office.
Weed Identification Clinic, Plant Disease Clinic, and Insect Identification Lab: Each of these services from Virginia Tech can be accessed via your local Extension agent.
Several states in the eastern U.S. have industries that operate in a similar manner to Virginia’s industry. Hop researchers in these states have provided many useful resources on their websites:
North Carolina State University Hops Extension https://newcropsorganics.ces.ncsu.edu/specialty-crops/nc-hops/
University of Maryland Hops Extension https://extension.umd.edu/programs/agriculture- food-systems/program-areas/fruit-vegetable-production/grapes-and-fruit/hops
Ohio State University Hops Extension https://southcenters.osu.edu/horticulture/other- specialties/hops
Michigan State University Hops Extension https://www.canr.msu.edu/hops/
University of Vermont Hops Extension https://www.uvm.edu/extension/nwcrops/hops
Agencies and Programs
Services, technical support, and programs that may be useful to hop growers.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) — Virginia https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/contact/state-office-contacts/virginia-state-office
Farm Service Agency (FSA) — Virginia https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Virginia/index
Soil and Water Conservation Districts https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/soil-and-water/swcds
Virginia Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coalition www.vabeginningfarmer.alce.vt.edu
- Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) https://www.vdacs.virginia.gov
Loudoun Hops Association https://www.facebook.com/LoudounHops/
Northeast Hops Alliance https://marylandbeer.org/members/northeast-hop-alliance-mid-atlantic-chapter/
Hop Growers of America https://www.usahops.org
Southern Appalachian Hops Guild https://www.facebook.com/Southern-Appalachian-Hops-Guild-329121257578/
This list was updated in 2023 and is provided to demonstrate that industry resources and networking opportunities are available in many areas. It is not an exhaustive list of grower organizations available in our region or in the U.S.
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January 5, 2023