Oregon’s U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has recruited fellow U.S. Senators Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Gardner (R-CO) on maintaining provisions in the current Farm Bill that support hop growers in the Pacific Northwest. Wyden and the other three U.S. Senators wrote a letter to leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture committees to gain their support.
Part of this year’s Farm Bill includes protections against diseases threatening hops production in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and beyond. The full letter can be viewed here: 2018 Farm Bill – Hops Research
Here are additional details from the press release sent by Senator Wyden’s office…
Wyden and three other senators wrote leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture committees that their request comes as the U.S. hops industry faces the costly problem of crop diseases like powdery mildew and downy mildew.
“This threat means the signature hop used in a very large number of craft beers is in danger of losing its resistance to a very common and costly disease,” they wrote. “This development could lead to decreased yields for farmers, as well as higher prices and lower quality hops for the growing craft brewing industry.”
Language in the Senate Farm Bill addresses these threats by authorizing the Agricultural Research Service to work on powdery mildew and downy mildew.
Oregon ranks third nationally behind Washington and Idaho in hops production, according to the Hop Growers of America.
Joining Wyden in the letter are Sens. Michael F. Bennet (D-CO), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Cory Gardner (R-CO).
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.