A top cutter makes its way through the hop yard at Cornerstone Ranches in Toppenish, Wash., during the 2018 harvest. Anheuser-Busch has given $30,000 to the Good Bines program.

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Anheuser-Busch is investing $30,000 in Hop Growers of America as part of its commitment to its 2025 sustainability goals.

The investment will support Hop Growers of America’s Good Bines program, which provides educational resources to hop growers on sustainability, food safety and farming best practices.

The brewer, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., announced the contribution May 16 at the Anheuser-Busch Brewers Collective dry hopping summit in Kennewick, where company brewers and craft partners from around the world met to discuss best practices and share ideas.

The company is the producer of Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra and Stella Artois as well as several regional brands including craft beers.

As the country’s leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch is the single largest user of hops for brewing in the U.S., purchasing approximately 3.7 million pounds annually from growers in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Anheuser-Busch has been contracting with many Northwest growers since the 1970s, and each contract is roughly 3-5 years long.

Hop Growers of America in Moxee, Wash., and its executive director, Ann George, have been “a great partner” and “we are excited to support the creation of learning modules and sustainability case studies as part of HGA’s Good Bines online platform,” said Jess Newman, Anheuser-Busch director of U.S. agronomy.

“Anheuser-Busch’s investments in hop research have helped to position our growers for success in a dynamic industry and changing environment,” George said.

Anheuser-Busch owns one of the largest hop farms in the world called Elk Mountain Farms in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. Seven varieties of hops including experimental ones are grown there. The farm was established 32 years ago to grow hops for Budweiser and today supports mainstream and craft brands within the company’s portfolio.

Central Washington field reporter

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