West Virginia State University Extension Service is seeking growers to participate in a research project to determine the viability of regional hops production. The project is designed to help West Virginia's farmers tap into an unmet and continually growing industry need.Hops are flowers of the hop plant and a key flavoring and stability agent in beer production, a growing industry in West Virginia. WVSU Extension Service seeks to determine the varieties of hops that will work best with West Virginia's climate and conditions.
The project is a threeyear commitment requiring growers to collect data on the growing habits of hops. Interested growers must submit an application, with up to six chosen for participation. Three of those selected will receive plant materials, trellising materials, soil amendments and scales for weight measurement. Additional selected growers will receive plant materials.An application is available online at wvstateu.edu/ extension and must be received by March 20 for consideration.