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Talking about hops Wed., Feb. 22, 2017 at OFVC in Niagara @ Scotiabank Convention Centre
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hops will be a major topic of discussion at this week’s Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers’ convention in Niagara on the Lake.

As a demonstration of the increasing interest in growing hops in Ontario, OMAFRA has lined up a full-line up of speakers to make presentations on day one of the event on Wed., Feb. 22, 2017, along with the 5th year for the Great Ontario Hopped Craft Beer Challenge – where some of Ontario best craft brewers and hop growers team up and square off to claim the coveted “Bottomless Cup.”

Room 204 (2nd Floor)
Chair: Evan Elford, OMAFRA


9:30 An Overview of Hop Soil Fertility Management for Southern Ontario
Dr. Mehdi Sharifi, AAFC. Dr. Sharifi will be discussing nutriment management recommendations for hops, resulting from a literature study done by OHGA, with support of OCB this past summer.

10:00 Irrigating Hops Efficiently
Ted van der Gulik, Irrigation Industry Association of BC

10:30 Viruses in Ontario Hops 2016
Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA

11:00 Managing Viruses in the Hopyard
Dr. Ken Eastwell, Washington State University, USA

11:30 Hop Virus Q & A
Dr. Ken Eastwell, Washington State University, USA; Dr. Melanie Filotas, OMAFRA

Located at the dynamic Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario, the 2-day convention features a great lineup of horticultural experts, educational sessions, trade show exhibitors and great networking opportunities.

Learn, discover and network together with people who can help grow your knowledge and discover for yourself why OFVC is called Canada’s Premier Horticultural Event.

Online Registration

Judges will be tasting at the Great Ontario-Hopped Craft Beer Competition, held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 during the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention in Niagara Falls, ON. This year’s style of competition beer is a Belgian IPA.

OHGA Spring Workshop and AGM @ Galen Weston Centre for Food
Mar 18 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Hop “adventurers” and authors, two of a number of speakers at the OHGA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting & Workshop

Date: Sat., March 18, 2017

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Galen Weston Centre for Food

1610 Champlain Avenue

Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A7

8:00 a.m. – Registration Opens


  • 9:00 a.m. Annual Update by: Hugh Brown, President
  • 9:15 a.m. Financial / Membership report – Treasurer Fred Thomson/ Don Wilford, Secretary
  • 9:45 a.m. Proposed Constitutional Amendment updates / Policy Statements
  • 10:15 a.m. Nominations/Election of Board of Directors
  • 10:45 a.m. Break


11:00 a.m. OMAFRA Update: Melanie Filotas will talk about results of a “virus survey” of Ontario hop yards last summer and strategies on how to deal with them, while Evan Elford will speak to acreage expansion, production, and import/export of hops.

12:00 p.m. Lunch – a chance to network with other growers, and new this year, “Terroir Tastings” a chance to sample and vote on some single hop brews, hopped with with Ontario Cascade and Centennial hops, to see if you can tell which ones where hopped with Ontario hops or from traditional NW hops, plus a chance to tour Durham’s college facilities and horticultural program. 

Keynote speakers

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Laura Ten Eyck Dietrich Gehring

1:30 p.m. Laura Ten Eyck and Dietrich GehringHop Adventurers and authors will discuss their trials and tribulations starting a hop yard in New York State – they ended up writing a book about it titled “The Hop Grower’s Handbook.” 

Ten Eyck and her husband, own and operate the Indian Ladder Farmstead Brewery and Cidery in Altamont New York. They grow hops and malting barley on their farm which they use to make their products and are co-authors of The Hop Grower’s Handbook: The Essential Guide for Sustainable,Small-Scale Production for Home and Market

They have been growing hops and brewing beer at home for more than 25 years and working for the last six years to restore local hop production in the northeast U.S. 

Laura will be signing copies of her book, which will be available for sale, for those who haven’t already got one.

2:30 p.m. Break & network


3:00 p.m. Bob Latimerwill provide insights on trends in the U.S. and European hops market, which can provide invaluable assistance when making planting decisions, feedback into where the market for hops is trending, including supply, demand, and prices and the potential opportunities and quality requirements for Ontario growers.

Bob, is Canadian Managing Director of Charles Faram, a UK merchant of hops, hop products, and brewing supplies for over 150 years. The company supplies over 140 varieties of hops in both Leaf and Pellet form worldwide, and also has offices and coolers in Canada and U.S.A. 

Bob is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, and over a 30-year working career in Toronto has spent time in the fields of prepared meats, specialty chemicals and cleaning chemicals, industrial filtration, and brewing supply.

4:00 p.m. Brewers’ Panel chaired by Drew Knox (Ontario Craft Brewers association). The “ever-popular” brewers panel where 5-6 of Ontario’s top craft brewers will be on hand to speak to their experiences working with Ontario hops, provide input and answer questions about where they see the Ontario market going.

Door prizes of select craft beer and swag expected.

5:00 p.m. Adjourn, Albert Witteveen

NOTE: in order to streamline things this year, attendees should register and renew their memberships and pay in advance – HERE. A few kiosks will be set up to facilitate online ordering and payment through PayPal or JotForm, but cheques and cask are discouraged.

This year, we expect to have an expanded exhibitor area, for growers looking to talk to suppliers for hop equipment, coir and aircraft cable that they need to set up or expand their hop yards. Watch this area for more information.

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