Hops are Hopping at the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center

WHO: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty, staff, administrators and friends of UF/IFAS.

WHAT: Come to the UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) and learn the latest in UF/IFAS hops research at the Hops Field Day. With more than 2 acres, UF/IFAS GCREC now has the biggest hops yard in Florida. Presentations will cover choosing the best hops varieties to grow, starting your own hops farm, how to control hops pests and how to regulate flowering, using LED lights, among other topics. According to the Brewers Association, the number of craft breweries in Florida increased from 45 in 2011 to 285 in 2018, with more than $3 billion economic impact. UF/IFAS researchers are trying to meet the growing demand for craft beer in Southwest Florida and around the Sunshine State and find new crops for farmers to grow. Toward those goals, UF/IFAS scientists will show you the progress they’ve made in the past three years with their hops research.

Growers, nurseries, students, researchers, industry representatives are all invited. If you’re interested in learning about hops, come to the Hops Field Day.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. to 2:40 p.m., May 23, 2019.

WHERE: The UF/IFAS Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, 14625 County Road 672,
Balm, Florida.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Jack Rechcigl, rechcigl@ufl.edu or Shinsuke Agehara, sagehara@ufl.edu.

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The mission of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is to develop knowledge relevant to agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge available to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. With more than a dozen research facilities, 67 county Extension offices, and award-winning students and faculty in the UF College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UF/IFAS works to bring science-based solutions to the state’s agricultural and natural resources industries, and all Florida residents. Visit the UF/IFAS web site at ifas.ufl.edu and follow us on social media at @UF_IFAS.

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