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Annual Hops Conference Planned For Feb. 27 in South Burlington

South Burlington--A presentation by an internationally recognized expert in hops chemistry highlights the fifth annual Winter Hops Conference, Feb. 27, in South Burlington. Hops growers also will hear from several experts from throughout the country on advancements in research, production strategies and other topics relating to growing hops successfully in the Northeast.

Registrations will be accepted through Feb. 21 for the conference, which will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The fee, which includes lunch, is $50 per person for Northeast Hops Alliance (NeHA) members, $55 for non-members.

To register for this University of Vermont (UVM) Extension-sponsored conference, log onto http://www.uvm.edu/extension/hopsconference. To request a disability-related accommodation to attend, call Susan Brouillette at (802) 524-6501 or (800) 639-2130 (toll-free in Vermont) by Feb. 13.

Dr. Thomas Shellhammer, the Nor'Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at Oregon State University and hops chemistry expert, will discuss his laboratory studies on the contribution of hops to beer flavor, foam and physical and flavor stability. Steve Miller, a New York State hops educator with Cornell University, will talk about hop petiole testing and crop analysis projects in his state.

The agenda includes talks by Chris Lattak, K-Line Irrigation/North America in St. Joseph, Michigan, on basic irrigation science and irrigation systems; Oregon hops grower Tony Weathers on pest and fertility management and Quebec agronomist Juliene Venne on hops production north of the border.

Growers also will hear from Vermont Pub and Brewery owner Steve Polewacyk and brewer Russ FitzPatrick about evaluating and scoring local hops. Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension agronomist, and other staff from the UVM Extension Hops Program will provide updates on cover crop and potato leafhopper experiments, variety trials, beneficial insects, crowning projects, weed control and equipment.

For more information, call (802) 524-6501 or (800) 639-2130 to speak with Heather Darby or Susan Brouillette.

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