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Published October 19, 2011, 02:58 PM

Rule change could prompt increase in organic hops

TOPPENISH, Wash. — Call it a hops revolution. Northwest farmers have begun planting new varieties of the key flavor ingredient in beer and working with researchers to develop ways to grow the crop without pesticides. The movement stems from a federal decision last year requiring brewers who label their beer as organic to use organic hops beginning in 2013.

By: Shannon Dininny, Associated Press

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