Pre-Register for the South Atlantic Hops Conference!

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The South Atlantic Hops Conference will be March 4 and 5th in Richmond, VA. The Friday event is sold out but there are still some tickets available for the Saturday program. To get the pre-event discount, you must register online by 11:59 p.m. on February 29th.

And here is the program: 

Friday, March 4 (Sold out)
10:00-12:00  Industry Roundtable Discussion-Invited speakers will be at the table for a moderated discussion, but all registered attendees are invited to listen in. Devon Kistler, Huguenot Hops, moderator
12:00-1:00    Registration
1:00-5:00     Hop yard tour: Piedmont Hops, Huguenot Hops, and Shadow Lawn Farm
5:00-10:00    Richmond brewery tour. Attendees can purchase food for dinner at the breweries:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Ardent Craft Ales, and Strangeways Brewing.

Saturday, March 5
7:00-8:00     Exhibitor set-up
8:00-9:00     Registration
9:00-10:00    Growing Hops in Non-traditional Areas-James Altwies, Gorst Valley Hops
10:00-10:30   Break
10:30-11:10   Concurrent Sessions (Tracks A and B):
A: The Status of the Industry-Ann George, Executive Director, Washington Hop
Commission, Hop Growers of America, US Hop Industry Plant Protection
Committee, and Hop Growers of Washington
B: Small-scale Hop Yard Construction-David Goode, Piedmont Hops
11:20-12:00  Concurrent Sessions:
A: Harvesting Hops and Quality Issues-James Altweis, Gorst Valley Hops
B: Growing and Marketing Hops on a Diversified Farm, Dan Gridley, Farm Boy Farms
12:00-1:00   Lunch and Sponsor presentations
1:00-1:40     Concurrent Sessions
A: Hops and Beer Chemistry in the South Atlantic, Ken Hurley, Virginia Tech
B: Buying Clean Starter Plants-panel of speakers
Holly Scoggins, Virginia Tech, moderator
James Altwies, Gorst Valley Hops
VA Dept. of Agric. & Consumer Services Plant Inspection Division rep
Laura Siegel, Virginia Cooperative Extension
Kelly Gaskill, North Carolina State University
1:50-2:30    Concurrent Sessions
A: Managing Downy Mildew on Hops in the South, Lina Quesada-Ocampo, NCSU
B: What Brewers Want and Experiences with Local Hops-panel of brewers
Brian Nelson, Head Brewer Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
Dave Warwick, Brewmaster Three Notch’d Brewing Co.
2:30-3:00   Break and Informal Brewer and Grower Meet and Greet
3:00-3:40   Concurrent Sessions:
A: Processing Hops-James Altwies, Gorst Valley Hops
B: New Opportunities, Best Practices Self-Certification Program,
and IPM Field Guides, Ann George, Hop Growers of America
3:50-4:30  Updates from University Research, Extension and OId Dominion Hops Cooperative
4:40-5:30  Questions and Answer Period with All Presenters, Raffle, and Closing