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The ninth-annual Hop Production for the Wisconsin Craft Brew Industry Seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at Lazy Monk Brewing, 97 W. Madison St., Eau Claire Wisconsin. It’s sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension.

Val Peacock of Hop Solutions in Greencastle, Indiana is the guest speaker. He earned a doctoral degree in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 and was a research associate at Oregon State University studying hop flavor in beer. He was also manager of hop technology at Anheuser-Busch and published research and other works on tops. He founded Hop Solutions in 2009 and consults with brewing and hop-related enterprises. He’ll talk about post-harvest strategies to maintain quality hops.

Other topics and speakers are: Hop disease in 2004-2017, Michelle Marks, UW-Madison plant pathologist; fertilizer management and 2016-2017 Wisconsin research trials, Chris Baxter with UW-Platteville; value-added research grant report on post-harvest hops handling, Dave Buss of the Wisconsin Hope Exchange; pest management for 2018, UW-Madison Specialists Amanda Gevens, Bryan Jensen and Jed Calhoun; and a Lazy Monk Brewery representative talking about its history and beer.

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