A workshop focusing on cultivating successful hop production in Iowa.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Check-in, breakfast - 8:00 a.m., program 9:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Ames, Iowa - location to be determined

Workshop and 2018 bus tour package – $500
Workshop only (no tour) – $250
Registration deadline is midnight, October 3, 2017.

Why grow hop in Iowa?

Common hop is an emerging crop in the Midwest. People are intrigued by the fast growth rate, flavor enhancement in beer, and the economic potential (>$100 million in Iowa in 2014). The biologic and economic facts are remarkable, and it is important to understand hops is not an easy crop to produce from horticulture nor financial standpoints. As Iowans continue to plant hops, they continue to plant into an unknown industry. Hop production has its obstacles, it is feasible in Iowa with some training. This hop workshop series will focus on establishing a new production system. The full workshop package includes an educational trip to hop yards near Traverse City, Michigan, the fourth largest hop producing state in the United States.

Workshop format

  • Lectures with supplemental publications, followed by extended discussion with group.
  • Learn about resources available to hop growers
  • Network with other hop growers

Bus tour

  • Final tour dates TBD, but will be mid-August in 2018
  • 5-day bus trip to Traverse City, MI
  • Transportation, meals, lodging and hop yard tours included with workshop/tour package registration

Course curriculum

Time Topic
8:00 am Registration check-in, breakfast (included)
9:15 Introductions, goals of the workshop and schedule for the day
  Hop production basics (e.g., variety options, site selection, and trellis establishment)
10:30 Break
10:45 Sustainable hop production practices
  Plant establishment and weed control
  Irrigation installation and options
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
  Fertilization optimization
  Training and pruning
2:00 Break
2:15 Develop a pest management plan for insects and diseases
  Scouting and trapping methods
4:00 Break
4:15 Hop harvest
  Hop drying and processing
  Compliance with FSMA
6:00 Workshop adjourns

Funding agencies and sponsors

Iowa Department of Agricultural and Land Stewardship

North Central IPM Center Hop Working Group

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

Iowa State University Departments of Horticulture and Entomology

North Central SARE - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education


Register online

Registrations are not accepted by phone to ensure payment security. Thank you for your cooperation.

Workshop and tour package - $500
Workshop ONLY - $250

Workshop fees includes breakfast, lunch, refreshment breaks and supplemental class materials. Complete tour package adds the Michigan hop yard tour in 2018 and includes transportation, meals, lodging and tours.

Workshop: October 14, 2017
Tours: August 2018 (date to be determined)

Deadline for registration is midnight, Oct 3, 2017.

Class size is limited and pre-registration is required to participate. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis.

Cancellation and refunds:
Cancellations requesting a full refund must be received prior to midnight, October 3, 2017. To cancel your registration please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu. A refund will be issued within 7-10 days.

Registration receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

Program contact

Diana Cochran
assistant professor, Horticulture
(515) 294-0035

Erin Hodgson
associate professor and
Extension entomologist
(515) 294-2847