Job: Madison County looking to hire hops specialist

on 01/02/11 at 1:33 pm

Booze News

There’s hope yet for hops in Madison County.

The county’s Agricultural Economic Development agency is looking to hire a community educator specializing in hops to ensure Madison County prospers in the increasingly-popular agricultural field of hops.

“There’s a lot of momentum around growing hops in New York state and really throughout the Northeast,” AED Specialist Becca Jablonski said.

With only two hop growers in the entire state — Pedersen Farms in Seneca Castle and Foothill Hops in Munnsville — and a general lack of expertise from others, people are turning to existing hop growers for advice on beginning production.

“If anyone has any questions, they go to those two farms and we’re lucky that they happen to be wonderful people who work there, but they don’t get paid to work with these people and they’re getting bombarded with visitors,” Jablonski said. “If we’re really trying to get the industry going we need to have somebody who can really work with these growers.”

The community educator position will be part-time and funded through a New York State Specialty Crops grant. Jablonski said candidates don’t need to know how to grow hops in particular, but they do need a bachelors degree in horticulture or a related field and have an understanding of things like nutrient management and pest issues.

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