Oregon Hop Commission Facts

The Oregon Hop Growers Association in 1963 voted to petition the Oregon Department of Agriculture to form a Commodity Commission, and in 1964 the Oregon Hop Commission was formed. The function of the commission is to provide for research to maintain the economic stability of hop production through assessments paid by all Oregon hop growers. The current assessment rate is $0.018 per pound of dried hops produced. The growers are represented by seven growers, one dealer/handler, and one public member to facilitate the business of the Oregon Hop Commission. The Oregon Hop Commission has been a valuable vehicle for our progress in the international hop market.

The Oregon Hop Industry consists of 22 family farms. The majority of hop growing entities include third and fourth generation Oregon growers. Oregon produces approximately 17% of the U.S. market share, which is about 5% of the hops grown in the world.

Most of Oregon hop production is located in Marion County, with some acreage in Polk County. Oregon is the second largest hop producer in the United States, with Washington the first and Idaho the third.

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