There is an opportunity to diversify local agriculture given the large number of Vermont entrepreneurs producing, and consumers purchasing, agricultural products from Vermont. The number of breweries in Vermont has steadily increased to 68 and Vermont ranks first in the United States for breweries per capita (see Beer brief). Vermont breweries utilize more than 300,000 pounds of hops per year, yet Vermont growers produced less than 20,000 pounds of hops in 2019. This could represent a significant opportunity for Vermont hop growers. Hops production in Vermont represents a virtually untapped market to diversify Vermont farms.
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