We are excited to announce the date of the annual UVM Extension Winter Hops Conference! Please mark your calendars, this year’s event will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013 at The Essex in Essex, VT. As the date gets nearer, we will post registration details here on What’s Hoppening. The day is looking to be most illuminating. Graham Ollard, a hops crop consultant with Agrimanagement, Inc. located in the Yakima Valley in Washington has agreed to trek out to Vermont to share some of his knowledge. Krista Delahunty and Jason Johnston from Aroostook Hops in Westfield, Maine will also be on hand to discuss the results of their Northeast SARE Farmer Grant, which looked at cover crops and irrigation in a Northeastern hopyard. Vermont Pub and Brewery and Bobcat Cafe and Brewery are also developing an educational sensory panel with the UVM Extension Northwest Crops and Soils Team to highlight the importance of proper drying and storage techniques.