Laura Tiu, Marine Science Extension Agent, Okaloosa and Walton Counties

Aquaponics and Hops – Two New Crops for the Panhandle

The phone rings off the hook at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office.  Questions run the gamut from agriculture, residential gardening, commercial horticulture, family and consumer science, to youth development and marine science.  Extension agents strive to develop programs to bring the latest research-based science from the Universities to the Counties. In November 2018, two such educational workshops will be conducted.

hops cones

Hop cones. Credit: Evan Anderson, UF/IFAS

Hop Production
There has been a growing interest in growing hops in the Panhandle, for home brewing and potentially to supply the growing number of craft breweries in the area.  Researchers and Extension Specialists from the University of Florida and Ohio State University will be available to share the latest research updates and answer questions about what you need to consider before getting started.  The Hops Workshop will be November 1, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension Office, 30 98 Airport Rd., Crestview, FL from 9:00 – 5:00 pm.  You can register here: Hops Workshop Registration

Credit: Green Acre Aquaponics

Aquaponics is another food production method that offers an alternative to traditional soil-based culture. Aquaponics combines aquaculture and hydroponics to produce fish and produce in a water-conserving recirculating system. Join Extension Specialists from the University of Florida, Auburn University and The Ohio State University as we share the latest in aquaponic research and technology. A small scale, fully operational, hobby-scale system will be available for viewing. The Aquaponics workshop will be November 2, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Walton County Extension Office, 732 N. 9th Street, DeFuniak Springs, FL.  You can register here: Aquaponics Workshop Registration

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: Laura Tiu,, 850-6126197 for more information.