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7th Annual Wisconsin Hop Production Seminar scheduled for March 12

Alma, Wis. – The 7th Annual Hop Production for the Wisconsin Craft Brew Industry seminar will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 and is hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The seminar focuses on hop production practices and marketing outlook. The workshop will be held at Pearl Street Brewing in La Crosse, WI (1401 Saint Andrew Street). Registration begins at 9 a.m. with presentations starting promptly at 9:30 a.m.

Cost for the one day program is $50 per person and includes conference materials, meals, breaks, and brewery tour. Registration is limited to the first 80 paid registrants. A registration form can be found at or contact Registration deadline is March 4, 2016.

Topics and speakers include:

-- National and International Look at Hop Markets: Where do small growers fit in? Jaki Brophy; Communications Director, Hop Growers of America, Washington State

-- Wisconsin Hop Disease Update. Amanda Gevens, UW-Extension plant pathologist

-- Hop Disease: What we saw in 2014 and 2015. What to watch for in 2016. Michelle Marks, UW-Madison plant pathologist

-- Into the Wild: In Hop Pursuit (Minnesota wild hop breeding program. Joshua Havill; UMN, Department of Plant Pathology

-- How do Hop herbicides work? Jed Colquhoun, UW-Extension weed specialist

-- The Wisconsin Clean Hop Rhizome Program Update. Ruth Genger, UW-Madison plant pathology lab

-- Our History and Our Beer. Joe Katchever; Owner and Brewmaster, Pearl Street Brewery

3 p.m. -- Brewery Tours and continued networking opportunity (beverages and snacks will be available)

This program is funded in part by a grant received from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE).