Dormant for a century, Vermont’s hops industry is growing again. Encouraged by Vermont’s strong and expanding craft beer industry, as well a heightened emphasis on locally sourced products, growers see a potentially strong market for hops. While the state’s hops renaissance is in its fledgling stages and growers face obstacles, interest is on the rise. The University of Vermont Extension supports that interest and offers resources to farmers considering a commercial hops yard. UVM presented the eighth annual Vermont Hop Conference at the Sheraton Burlington in late February, drawing nearly 200 participants.