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    Growing Hops Is the Topic of April 22 Webinar

    ISU Extension and Outreach
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    By Christa Hartsook–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

    Learn about growing hops in Iowa at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s upcoming webinar.

    AMES, Iowa – Iowa is home to more than 100 craft breweries and a growing number of home-brew aficionados. Commercial and homebrewers alike depend on one specialty crop in particular to produce their beverages: hops.

    Join Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and Cedar Falls Hops Company for a free webinar on the emerging hops-growing industry in Iowa, Thursday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

    The featured speaker is Keri Byrum of Cedar Falls Hops Company. Byrum is a horticulturist with a degree in biology from the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware. Cedar Falls Hops Company currently grows four different varieties of Iowa hops on seven acres, which they sell primarily in Iowa. 

    “Interest in local food crosses to local beverages, too,” said Christa Hartsook, small farms program coordinator for farm, food, and enterprise development with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We hope this free webinar on an emerging industry in Iowa helps both consumers and potential producers to make local connections.”

    Byrum’s topics will include:

    • The difference between wild and domesticated hops.
    • Understanding hop anatomy and growth.
    • How hops are grown and harvested to make Iowa beers.
    • Structures for growing hops.
    • Care, maintenance, and harvesting practices.

    Landowners looking at alternative crops, gardeners, and homebrewers are all encouraged to attend. The webinar is free, but registration is required. Register at http://www.aep.iastate.edu/hops.

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