Hops Workshop

Division pours brewer interest into Aug. 15 hops workshop


Fast Facts:

U of A Fruit Research Station
1749 State Hwy 818
 Clarksville, AR 72830
Phone: (479) 754-2406

August 15, 2019
2:00pm – 7:00pm
Registration Deadline: August 13, 2019

Registration Fee (includes dinner):
$20 early bird registration
$30 at door (must register before Aug. 13th)

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Hops Workshop Agenda

  • 2:00-2:30: “Hops Production and Physiology”, Dr. Amanda McWhirt, Horticulture Production Specialist, University of Arkansas
  • 2:30-3:00: “Pests to look out for in Arkansas Hops”, Dr. Jackie Lee, FRS Director, University of Arkansas
  • 3:00-3:15: “Hops Postharvest: Maintaining and Evaluating Quality”, Dr. Renee Threlfall, Food Scientist, University of Arkansas
  • 3:15-3:30:  Break
  • 3:30-4:00:  “Hops Research in North Carolina” Dr. Jeanine Davis(Extension Specialist, Herbs / Organics / Specialty Crops / Vegetables, Department of Horticultural Science NC State University)
  • 4:00-4:30: “Utilization of Hops”, Jesse Core, Owner, Core Brewery
  • 4:30-5:00: AR Hops Grower Panel Discussion;
    • Larry Galligan, Riverside Specialty Farms;
    • Ronnie Ledford, River Valley Hops;
    • Brother Basil, Subiaco Monastery
  • 5:00-5:45: Catered Dinner
  • 6:00-7:00 pm: Tour of Univeristy of Arkansas Fruit Research Station Hop Yard

LITTLE ROCK – An explosion in craft brewing in Arkansas has raised interest in hops, a crop whose commercial potential is being evaluated by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

More than 80 varieties of hops are grown commercially, with even more in evaluation trials. However, research is needed to find just the right hops for Arkansas brewers.

“With the Arkansas craft beer brewing industry quadrupling in recent years, local breweries are in constant need of hops as a main ingredient in their beer,” said Amanda McWhirt, commercial horticulture crop specialist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We are working to find the right hops and the right hop-growing techniques to enable Arkansas brewers to use locally sourced hops.”

McWhirt is part of the Division of Agriculture’s three-member hops research team, which includes Jackie Lee, director of the Fruit Research Station at Clarksville and Renee Threlfall, a research scientist in food science.

What the trio has discovered so far in their research will be on display Aug. 15 during Arkansas’ first Hops Workshop to be held at the Fruit Research Station, 1749 Arkansas Highway 818.

The workshop begins at 2 p.m. and runs to 7 p.m. There’s a $20 early bird registration fee with an Aug. 13 registration deadline. After Aug. 13, the fee is $30.
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The agenda will include varietal research and production strategies including trellising options and pruning dates as well as a grower panel discussion with Larry Galligan, Riverside Specialty Farms; Ronnie Ledford, River Valley Hops; and Brother Basil of the Subiaco Monastery.

“We will be showing six different varieties’ growth and development,” McWhirt said. “We do see some big differences in vigor between varieties.”

Attendees will also learn about how different pruning dates affect bine growth, how hops plants are trained and harvested.

For more information on the workshop, contact Amanda Gonia at 501-671-2237 or visit https://bit.ly/ARFNVU.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.

To learn more about rice production, contact your county extension office, or visit www.uaex.edu.



About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact the station at (870) 633-5767 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.


Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126