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Growing Hops in Virginia

August 10, 2016 | 8:00 am - 12:00 pm


4451 River Road • Petersburg, VA


There is plenty of opportunity for small farmers in Virginia to grow and supply hops and other brewing ingredients to a rapidly growing craft beer industry.

However, most of the available information on hop production including fertilizer management, irrigation, pest and disease control, and post-harvest handling does not apply to Virginia conditions.

To address this problem, Virginia State University (VSU) is initiating hops research that includes a variety trial to identify those best suited to Virginia, and an irrigation and fertilizer management study conducted under local conditions.

This workshop will benefit beginning and established hop growers, as well as those interested in growing hops by providing information on:

  • The Direction of Hops Research in Virginia: Dr. Laban Rutto and Laura Siegle will address ongoing research at VSU and Virginia Tech and give an update on hops production in the Commonwealth. Dr. Leonard Githinji will outline plans for processing and sharing hops research information.
  • Potential Uses of Hop By-products: Dr. Vitalis Temu will discuss plans to evaluate the feed value of hops forage in small ruminant diets.
  • The Needs of Craft Brewers: James Frazer will lend a brewer’s perspective to the hops discussion.

The workshop will include indoor presentations and a visit to the VSU hop yard. Presenters include: 

  • Dr. Laban Rutto, Alternative Crops Program,VSU Agricultural Research Station 
  • Laura Siegle, Extension Agent-Amelia County ,Virginia Cooperative Extension
  • Dr. Leonard Githinji, VSU  Sustainable and Urban Ag Specialist, Virginia Cooperative Extension 
  • Dr. Vitalis Temu, Forage Ecology and Management Program, VSU Agricultural Research Station 
  • James Frazer, Brewmaster, Trapezium Brewery, Petersburg, VA


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Extension is a joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and state and local governments. Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Issued in furtherance of Cooperative Extension work, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Virginia State University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture cooperating. Edwin J. Jones, Director, Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg; M. Ray McKinnie, Interim Administrator, 1890 Extension Program, Virginia State University, Petersburg. 

Founded in 1882, Virginia State University is one of Virginia’s two land-grant institutions and is located 20 minutes south of Richmond in the village of Ettrick. VSU’s College of Agriculture consists of three academic departments: Agriculture, Hospitality Management, and Family and Consumer Sciences. Integrated within the College are an Agricultural Research Station; Randolph Farm, a 417-acre research and educational facility; and Virginia Cooperative Extension.