great lakes hops and barley conference

Educators from Michigan State University Extension with support from Michigan State University AgBioResearch, and the Michigan Brewers Guild will host the 2nd Annual Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference March 16­-17, 2016 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Mich.  

New this year, a larger venue has been chosen to accommodate more attendees.  An expanded trade show will also be featured.

Tracks will be offered for beginning hop management, advanced hop management, and barley and malt production. Participants are welcome to move between tracks to catch speakers and topics of interest.

Keynote speaker Fred Bueltmann will launch the conference on Wednesday before participants break into their respective tracks.

Those participating in the hop tracks will hear presentations covering topics including hopyard weed management, sustainable production, downy mildew management, and hop breeding.

Those participating in the barley and malt track will learn about DON management, the potential for winter barley production, and the evolution of malting and rise of the craft malting industry.

Additional presentations will highlight malting barley quality analysis and research conducted throughout Michigan.

Following the presentations, the Michigan Brewers Guild will host a Brewer/Grower networking event highlighting beers produced throughout Michigan. The conference concludes with a tour of MI Local, a new hop farm and processing facility located outside of Traverse City.

Registration is now live for the 2016 conference. To view the complete agenda, review sponsorship or vendor opportunities, or to register, visit here.  

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