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Purdue Hops Program

The Purdue Hops Program was initiated in 2014 to assist growers and connect them to valuable resources for producing hops (Humulus lupulus) as an alternative agriculture enterprise for Indiana.

A Growing Industry

A recent report by the Brewers Association ranks Indiana as 15th in total number of craft breweries in the country. Spurred on by rapid growth in the craft beer industry, Indiana farmers have used this opportunity to enter and expand the hop market and further stimulate the state’s economy. Steady growth in the industry has helped Indiana to move into 11th largest hops producing state in the country with over 50 acres established in 2016 (Hops Growers of America, 2017).

 

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Purdue Extension

Purdue Extension is facilitating educational workshops and field days across the state in support of Indiana’s growing hop industry. The Purdue Hops Program is supported by a USDA/ISDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to provide educational outreach to this growing industry.

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Resources

Here is a compiled list of resources from 2018 that can help you with producing hops!

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Events

Check out our ongoing and growing list of events on our Diversified Farming and Food Systems Website.

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Our Team

The Purdue Hop Team is comprised of Purdue Extension Educators across Indiana with an interest in hop production. Feel free to contact one of the educators below or the local Extension Educator in your county for more information.