WA lawmakers ask government to spend more on hops research

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - More than 100 members of Congress are asking the federal government to increase its commitment to research related to growing hops, a key ingredient in beer.

The lawmakers say the brewing industry generated more than $250 billion in economic activity in 2014.

Hop growers face a variety of challenges, including mites, mildews, blights, and other pests that harm production.

The lawmakers say developing new hop varieties that are pest-resistant and climate-tolerant will help growers increase yields while reducing pesticide use. They want additional research time devoted to hops.

Most of the nation's hops are grown in the Yakima Valley.

Associated Press


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