The federal government is investing $150,000 in Quebec’s Centre de recherche et de développement technologique agricole de l’Outaouais (CREDÉTAO) for a research project on growing hops under local climate conditions. The ultimate goal is to encourage development of the crop in Quebec.
Several Quebec microbreweries are already looking for local sources of hops, resulting in growing interest in the crop by the province’s farmers. The research project will look at the potential for successfully growing 10 different varieties of hops. The results will be summarized in a production guide for producers.
“Investing in this research will help farmers diversify,” says the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, minister of Foreign Affairs, in announcing the contribution. “By providing our farmers with tools to develop the hops industry in Quebec, our government will help improve their productivity and enhance competition by offering a quality product.”
According to CREDETAO president Christian Girard, the project will also help stimulate the economy in the Outaouais region of the province.
Funding for the project will be provided through the $163-million Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program, administered in Quebec by the Conseil pour le développement de l’agriculture du Québec. The investment is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan.