NEW Online Hop Production Course for the Eastern US

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people standing in front of hop plants

Dr. Luping Qu explaining how to grow hops at the 2019 Hops and Hemp Field Day in Mills River.

11/8/2019 – As the southernmost member of the Great Lakes Hops Working Group, I am excited to announce the release of this new online course on growing hops in the Midwest and Eastern United States. Our eastern hops industry is expanding but it is difficult to find information appropriate for our conditions. If you are serious about growing hops in this region, I strongly recommend that you take this class.

hops course on laptop computer

Here is the text from the press release that Erin Lizotte from Michigan State University Extension wrote about it (she was one of our speakers at the 2019 South Atlantic Hops Conference we held in Asheville, NC):

“The last decade has seen a rapid expansion of hop acreage outside the traditional North American production regions. To assist prospective hop producers in understanding the challenges and complexity of hop production, the Great Lakes Hop Working Group has developed a comprehensive introductory course focused on production in re-emerging regions including the northern Plains, Great Lakes and Northeast.

This online, on-demand hop production course provides detailed and comprehensive presentations and resources that address all aspects of hop production from economic considerations to postharvest handling. The course was developed for beginner or prospective hop producers, but could also be utilized by more experienced hop growers. The convenience of this on-demand course allows users to work at their own pace but still provides access to the most recent information and hop expertise from around North America. You can preview the first course module, an industry overview by Dr. Rob Sirrine at Media Space. Additional course content includes:

  • Hopyard Construction
  • Cost of Production
  • Stages of Production
  • Horticultural Practices
  • Disease Management
  • Insect Management
  • Weed Management
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Pesticide Considerations
  • Harvest
  • Postharvest
  • Marketing

The cost to register is $50 and includes all course content. Pesticide recertification credits are available for Michigan applicators. A certificate of completion is available upon completion of all course work. Click here for registration instructions and technical assistance info. 

Closed captioning is provided. For technology related questions please contact the MSU Discovery Services Help Desk at 517-353-8700. Need-based scholarships are available, contact Erin Lizotte at for more information.

This course was created by the Great Lakes Hop Working Group and supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Crop Protection Pest Management Program and the North Central IPM Center (2014-70006-22486) and (2017-70006-27175). Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”