Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
This has nothing to do with my beat, but I have a business idea. I need someone with 100 acres. I want to grow hops. The business is exploding.
There is a global shortage of hops, which is a prime ingredient in beer. The prices of hops are surging upward. Now, I really do not know if hops can even survive in this climate because it is typically grown in the Pacific Northwest. But farmers are harvesting it in New York, so I imagine it can grow here. Does Spotsylvania have a hops farmer?
Germany produces the most hops, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The United States is second. That article states hops by the pound sell for $20 to $30, up from $5 a few years ago.
So, if there are struggling farmers out there, and with the way things are now I am sure there are some, growing hops might help revenues.