SD Hops Growing & Craft Brewing Breakout Session April 7th
Hops growers, others in the industry, and interested Partners!
We are reaching out to you on behalf of the SD Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) and SDSPA members Ryan Heine & Michelle Donner of 6th Meridian Hops (Yankton, SD). We invite you to join us for the industry information sharing & networking that starts in the ‘SD Hops Growing & Craft Brewing’ breakout session on Friday, April 7th at Cedar Shore Resort, Oacoma, SD.
Dr. Christopher Graham, SDSU Extension, plans to join us. This breakout session starts at 1:00PM (Central time) and you are also welcome to join us for an interactive presentation at 11:30AM by SD Department of Tourism Deputy Director, Wanda Goodman and Team Leader Kirk Hulstein, about AgriTourism opportunities in the state.
The SD Specialty Producers Association’s Annual Meeting runs from 10:00-11:15AM and is open to the public. There will be a no-host buffet lunch and great networking on-site from Noon to 1:00PM. (Please say if you will join us for lunch – we need an accurate count for Cedar Shore’s kitchen.) Click here for more information on full program.
Our joint hope is that we can get the growers, brewers, potential growers, partners, and other interested folks together to start building this agriculture segment as a viable industry. The discussion is open to more than just hops – we hope to have malters/grain growers, and other gruits producers included. Essentially it would be a group dedicated to local production of everything the brewers need. And we hope to build a good relationship with the SD Brewers Guild. Some topics of mutual interest:
- Education, Research, and Resources: provide grower education and give a portal from the SDSU extension & universities to the hops/brewers industry.
- Marketing and Quality: build a community and work to build relationships among growers and hopefully raise the quality and improve testing of the South Dakota crop.
- Work with state agencies & government & partners for awareness of our industry and its needs to be successful.