As interest in the craft beer industry continues to rise across Ohio, agriculture expert and educator Brad Bergefurd will discuss the phenomenon and profitability of growing hops throughout the state, at the Northwest Ohio Ag-Business Breakfast Forum, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) at the Agricultural Incubator Foundation (AIF).
The U.S. remains one of the largest beer producers in the world, brewing more than five billion gallons each year.
Bergefurd will explain the history of Ohio hops production, and his thoughts on the potential demand and profitability for growing this unique crop. He will discuss research conducted on hop cultivars, innovative production techniques, insect and disease control methods, harvesting, processing and marketing techniques.
Arrive early, as breakfast and informal networking will start at 8 a.m., with the program to follow. The cost is just $10 per person (cash or check at the door) which includes breakfast and networking opportunities.