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Hop harvest shows growth

— The 2016 hop harvest saw an increase of 8.3 million more pounds, 87.1 million total, of U.S. hops set for brew kettles around the globe.

The rise from last year, reported yesterday by the national Agriculture Statistics Service, comes as the craft beer industry continues to demand more aroma hops.

Acreage and production increased again this year, while average yields per acre continue to decline, officials said.

“As the changing landscape of the hop and brewing industries adjust together, both are working simultaneously to ensure they are communicating effectively through contracts,” Hop Growers of America Executive Director Ann George said.

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