The Hop Growers of America Board has selected five nominees for the International Order of the Hop, which will be awarded by the International Hop Growers Convention during the 2019 International Hop Congress in Slovenia, July 29-August 2 (registration link is included in Coming Events below). Each member country of the IHGC may submit nominees for consideration by the IHGC Executive Committee during their upcoming April 26 meeting. The US is allowed to submit five nominees, due to the country’s hop acreage.
The 2019 nominees include:
Dr. Tom Shellhammer, Corvallis, OR - Tom is the Nor’Wester Professor of Fermentation Science at Oregon State University. His research focuses on improvement of beer quality. He has 60 peer-reviewed publications including 10 book chapters and one edited book, along with 22 bulletins and technical reports and 148 presentations at professional meetings and conferences.
Bud Hollingbery, Yakima, WA - Bud has spent the last 50 years in the hop business procuring hops for distributors and breweries around the world. As the third generation to head Hollingbery and Son, Bud is committed to carrying on the family tradition of supplying top quality hops with great customer service, while supporting projects benefiting hop growers, public hop research, and other issues important to the industry.
Mary Jane Craigen, Yakima, WA - Mary Jane’s career involved taking care of insurance needs for growers – from fire insurance to hop facilities. Raised on a hop farm in the Yakima Valley, she understands the industry from the ground up. She has also helped preserve the history of growing hops through hours of volunteer efforts at the American Hop Museum.
Jason Perrault, Toppenish, WA – Jason is a fourth generation hop farmer from the Yakima Valley. As a farmer and hop breeder he has devoted his life to creating a sustainable environment for hop growers. His devotion to the hop supply chain has been demonstrated by his support and active participation in many US hop industry programs and projects, including Hop Research Council, National Clean Plant Network for Hops, and the Public Hop Breeding Committee, to name a few.
Ann George, Moxee, WA - Ann serves as the Executive Director of the Washington Hop Commission, US Hop Industry Plant Protection Committee, Hop Growers of America, and Hop Growers of Washington. For the past 31 years she has guided the industry’s research and plant protection programs, including issue management, research and registration efforts, and international harmonization. Since 2007 she has also been responsible for the industry’s statistical, education and market development programs.
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