It will be interesting to see how this unfolds as some of the details aren't real clear. Similar to the Indie hops deal where they 'donated' big bucks to help fund aroma hop breeding at Oregon State with a new variety that was released this fall, who is that available to, and what will be the price?
Seems like they want to hire a single breeder/facility, though.“Research to develop and release hop cultivars with no intellectual property protection ensures that all growers have access to high quality, disease-resistant cultivars they need to sustain production at levels required by brewers. In the long-term, this important program will fuel efforts of existing legacy growers as well as nascent hop growing industries throughout the U.S. The program will also fulfill an essential stewardship strategy by providing foundational germplasm for public and private breeding programs. Even the smallest brewers will be able to source ingredients they need to produce that truly local pint.”
Check out B-Hoppy’s response.Was I reading up the wrong site? Got a link for me?