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College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences


Ohio Hops and Malting Barley Conference and Trade Show

Hops is a main ingredient beer manufacturers use to provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt sugars in their product. As more Ohio-based craft brewers seek to procure hops grown locally, interest in growing these crops continues to rise. This conference will help new growers learn how to get started growing both hops and malting barley.

Workshop topics will include:

  • Planning to make your hop farm profitable
  • How brewers select their hops
  • Managing diseases in the hops yard
  • Collaborative marketing - Ohio Hops Guild
  • Hops fertility management using petiole analysis and fertigation
  • Greenhouse to field, giving hops a jumpstart
  • Enhancing beneficial insects in your hop yard
  • Identifying and managing hops pests
  • Using cover crops as an integrated pest management tool in hops
  • Weed and herbicide management
  • Soil selection, preparation, and fertility
  • Drying, cleaning, and packaging barley for the malting market
  • Malting barley diseases and management strategies
  • Malt facilities and markets in Ohio

Something new to the conference this year will be the divided courses for attendees, with sessions for both beginner and advanced growers. This will provide more effective information for each grower, more time for questions from the growers, and better use of time to reach out to the growers according to the stage they are in.

Don’t miss this year’s conference and trade show...including a social banquet on Wednesday evening that will provide time for face-to-face interaction among the educators, growers, and vendors. To access the full conference agenda and register,  visit