We thank the Virginia Agricultural Council and VDACS/USDA for funding to support our research and outreach.

– Growing for the Future: Building a Research Hop Yard at Virginia Tech. Virginia Agricultural Council, 2015-2017 – PI Scoggins

– Increasing Yield of Virginia-Grown Hops: Nutrient Management and Selection for Disease Resistance. USDA SCCG, through VDACS – 2016-2018, PI Laban Rutto, VSU


Holly Scoggins, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Virginia Tech with a 85% teaching and 15% extension appointment.  She received a B.S.  in Agricultural Economics and a M.S.  in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Horticultural Science from North Carolina State University. With a background in greenhouse and nursery production of high-value ornamental crops, her current research focuses on hops cultivar trials and nutrient management, as well as nursery production practices for herbaceous perennials. She teaches Greenhouse Management, Ornamental Plant Production and Marketing, Herbaceous Landscape Plants I & II, and advises 15 undergraduates and 3 graduate students.

Daniel Jackson is our specialty crop Research Manager for both hops and floriculture  research .  Margaret Aiken was our research manager at the construction phase and first season of the hop yard.

John James manages the Urban Horticulture Center (hop yard location).

Jeff Burr manages the Virginia Tech Greenhouse Complex (greenhouse- based experiments).

Barslund Judd is our Graduate Assistant focused on hops

Laura Siegle, ANR Agent, Amelia County, Virginia Cooperative Extension, is the original hops resource for Virginia growers, continues to be our go-to,  and is also partner in our research program. Thank you Laura!

Additional collaborators:

Ken Hurley, Brian Wiersema, Sean O’Keefe – Food Science & Technology, VT;

Anton Baudoin, John McDowell, Joel Shuman – Plant Pathology, Physiology and Weed Science, VT

Peter Sforza, Center for Geospatial Information Technology, VT

Chip Clark, School of Architecture + Design, VT

Laban Rutto, Virginia State University

Jeanine Davis, North Carolina State University

And last but certainly not least, the
Old Dominion Hops Cooperative – the state grower association that got us all into this in the first place. Yep, Stan’s fault.

For more information on growing hops in Virginia, visit our VCE web site. http://www.ext.vt.edu/topics/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/hops/index.html

To keep tabs on our progress as well as upcoming events and news, visit the  “Hops at Virginia Tech” Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HopsVT), developed to help communicate construction progress, updates on our research, plus hop-related programs at VT and around the state