Cheers to bringing hop growers and brewers together!
Green Chief® Meeting
During the annual Hop Growers Convention YCH held our monthly Green Chief® program meeting. The Green Chief program is our farmer best practices program coordinated in partnership with Yakima Chief Ranches. Our network of grower owners and grower partners gather to partake in educational and collaborative meetings to promote and develop strong baselines, guidelines and practices for traceability, harvest food safety, data collection and reporting. During this meeting, YCH and YCR team members presented:
- Global Sales Update
- Harvest 2021 Sensory and Quality Overview
- Bale Compression Study
- Propagation Update
- Sustainability and Overview on Green Chief® Changes
- Grower Portal (mobile app) 2022 Updates
Ballad of Fort Road
At the Yakima Chief Hop Green Chief® Hoppy Hour, we released the ‘Ballad of Fort Road’ by Cody Beebe & the Crooks music video. Recorded live in a hop kiln at Carpenter Ranches, 'Ballad of Fort Road' is a tribute to Tom Carpenter, Jr., fourth generation hop grower of Carpenter Ranches, and the hop growing families who have fought to keep the farms going during the challenging years. Fitting for the Growing Resiliency summit. The video was introduced by Joe Catron, Graham Gamache and Brad Carpenter, each sharing meaningful words about the song and the story of the resilient hop growers who provide hops for beer all around the world. In a moving moment, all those in attendance raised a glass (or can of Farmers IPA) in honor of generations past, down on Fort Road.
Ballad of Fort Road will be available on Spotify Feb. 11th, 2022.
Congratulations to Cascade Cup Winners!
On the final night of the Hop Growers Convention, the prestigious annual Cascade Cup award is announced. A friendly, but fierce competition among the hop growing community for top notch Cascade hop production. This year we extend our congratulations to the winners of this year’s competition.
Cascade Cup Winners
1st Place: B&D Farms
2nd Place: Jackson Farms
3rd Place: Coleman Agriculture Greenleaf Farms
Cheers to old friends and new, gathering together to share what matters most - valuable agriculture education resources and good beer made with the best hops!