Hosted by SMADC and University of Maryland Extension

News Release, Southern Maryland Agricultural Commission

The Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) in partnership with University of Maryland Extension (UME) is hosting a Hops Farm Tour and Field Day workshop on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Workshop participants will get a close-up look at hop production, learn more about varieties best suited to Maryland, as well as the latest information on disease and insect management, harvesting, trellis systems, on-farm brewing and much more.

Two destinations will be toured during the full-day workshop. The first stop will be at the experimental research hopyard at University of Maryland’s Western Maryland Research and Education Center in Keedysville. The half-acre hop yard showcases 24 hop varieties managed intensively for fertility and irrigation, as well as insect, disease and weed control, using integrated Pest Management principles.

Following an on-farm lunch, participants will tour Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm, a commercial brewery and hopyard in Mt. Airy. The farm brewery features a one-acre hopyard and produces classic styles of beer crafted with nearly 100% Maryland grown ingredients including grains, fruits, herbs, and honey. 

The cost of the tour is $15, including lunch and charter bus transportation to and from the Charlotte Hall pick-up point. To register visit the ‘What’s New/News and Announcements’ page at or email:

This is the third of SMADC’s Advanced Small Fruit workshops scheduled for 2019. The last workshop, ‘Advanced Marketing’, is tentatively scheduled for October. 


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