WIMAUMA, Fla. — You can call Dr. Shinsuke Agehara “the hops whisperer.”

Tampa Bay area breweries challenged the University of Florida plant physiologist to grow 800 hops plants in the Sunshine State, specifically in a patch of field in Wimauma.

That is a tricky task considering most hops are grown in the Pacific Northwest, where the climate and longer daylight hours during the summer are crucial to cultivating beer’s main ingredient.

“We have to overcome some challenges, and environment is one of them,” says Shinsuke.

Read the full article from ABC News here.


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