This year an exciting new session on hops (Humulus lupulus) will be taking place at the 2012 Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention (www.ofvc.ca) in Niagara Falls. The session is geared towards new and existing hop growers and will begin with a primer on hop production in Ontario. Other presentations will include updates on a recent pest scouting survey completed by OMAFRA/University of Guelph and a hop yard management survey by Niagara College. Small scale harvesting, drying and processing equipment will be discussed by Cornell Cooperative Extension hop specialist Steve Miller and professor Jon Downing from Niagara College’s new Brewmaster and Brewery Operations Management course will lead a discussion on using local products in the brewery. Come join us on Thursday, February 23rd at 9:30 am for an informative and ‘humulus’ session on local hops.
Hop Production Session Outline:
9:30 Hop production in Ontario: Evan Elford, OMAFRA
10:00 What’s bugging your bines? Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA
10:30 Small scale hop harvesting, drying and processing equipment: Steve Miller, Cornell Cooperative Extension
11:00 From ground to glass – Using local products in the brewery: Jon Downing, Niagara College
11:30 Surveying hop yards in Ontario – an update from Niagara Research: Alison Moore and Sarah Lepp, Niagara College