Michigan hop growers: Stand and be counted!
The USDA is currently collecting hop acreage data. Michigan growers need to include their acreage in this important survey.
The USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has mailed survey forms to hop growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho to collect data for the annual Hop Acreage Strung for Harvest report. Hop Growers of America has launched a parallel effort this week to begin quantifying hop acreage for new growers and for those who reside in states not included in the NASS survey. They are working with various sources to locate growers who are not currently in the database.
Michigan State University Extension encourages growers to contact Ann George (see contact information below) at Hop Growers of America with your acreage information. If you have already received a survey form directly from NASS, then growers do not need to contact Hop Growers of America. The data from Michigan growers will be combined with the NASS report following its publication in June 2014 to provide a more complete picture of hop acreage and production in the USA.
Ann E. George, Administrator
Washington Hop Commission, Hop Growers of America,
US Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee, and Hop Growers of Washington
PO Box 1207, 301 W. Prospect Place
Moxee, WA 98936 USA