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2018 American Hop Convention and Hop Research Council Winter Meeting January 23-26, 2018

JW Marriott Desert Springs, Palm Desert, CA

Note: A shuttle will be provided to transport delegates between the JW Marriott and Fairfield Inn during event hours from Tuesday through Friday.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Hop Research Council Winter Meeting
8:00am - 5:30pm HRC Members Meeting (members only)  
1:30pm - 4:00pm National Clean Plant Network for Hops Tier 2 Governing Board  
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 HRC Research Reports and American Hop Convention Kick-Off
7:30am - 5:00pm Convention Registration  
8:00am - 3:00pm Research and Outreach Poster Session Hop Research Council Research Reports
12:00pm - 1:00pm Buffet Lunch (ticket required)  
3:00pm - 6:00pm Hop Research Council Budget Meeting Best Practices Committee
7:00pm - 10:00pm Hop Convention Poolside Welcome Reception (ticket required)  
Thursday, January 25, 2018 American Hop Convention
8:00am - 5:00pm Convention Registration - South Reg Desk  
8:00am - 8:30am Trade Show and Research/Outreach Poster Session setup  
8:00am - 9:30am US Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee Meeting HGA Small Grower Council
9:00am - 3:00pm Trade Show and Poster Session Open  
Researchers will be available to discuss the projects presented in their posters from 9:00 - 10:00am.
10:00am - 11:00am Featured Speaker (tentative):  Jim Watson, Senior Analyst, Beverages, Rabobank Research Group (sponsored by Rabo AgriFinance)  
11:00am - 12:00pm Featured Speaker (tentative):  Dr. Eric Snodgrass  
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services)
(sponsored by Northwest Farm Credit Services)
12:15pm - 1:15pm Luncheon (ticket required)  
1:30pm - 3:00pm Grower Seminars and Breakout Meetings Brewers Association Meetings
Grower Seminar One (3 presentations @ 30 min. each) 
1 - Michelle Gooding, Gooding Farms - Cover Crops
2 - Session to be announced
3 - John Hubbard, MeasureTek - Hop Drying technology developments
Grower Seminar Two (3 presentations @ 30 min. each) – sessions to be announced Hop Quality Group Meeting
3:30pm - 4:00pm Transport to Palm Springs Air Museum for “Hops and Props” event (bus transportation provided from hotels to museum)  
4:00pm - 5:30pm “Hops and Props” Mix and Mingle, plane rides, and exhibition (ticket required)  
5:30pm - 9:00pm Dinner and dancing at Palm Springs Air Museum - transport to hotels  
Friday, January 26, 2018 Hop Convention
8:00am - 5:00pm Convention Registration - South Reg Desk  
8:00am - 9:00am Hop Growers of America Executive Committee  
8:30am - 5:00pm Trade Show and Research/Outreach Poster Session open   
9:30am - 11:00am General Session: Merchant Panel  
11:00 - 11:30am Coffee Break  
11:30am - 12:30pm General Session: Brewer Panel  
12:30pm - 1:30pm Luncheon (ticket required)  
2:00pm - 3:00pm Concurrent Educational Sessions:  
1 - Quality Control, Food Safety, and Best Practices Programs  
2 - Succession Planning for Family Businesses - Michael Stolp, Farm Credit Services (tentative)  
3:00pm - 5:00pm HGA Annual Business Meeting  
5:00pm Convention ends  

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