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USDA U.S. Department of Agriculture - March 17, 2017

Hop Stocks

ISSN: 1949-1484

Released March 17, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

March 1 Hop Stocks up 9 percent from a Year Ago 

The inventory of hops held by growers, dealers, and brewers on March 1, 2017, 
totaled 140 million pounds, 9 percent more than the March 1, 2016 stocks 
inventory number of 128 million pounds. 

Stocks held at dealer and grower locations on March 1, 2017 totaled 
105 million pounds. Stocks held by brewers was 35.0 million pounds.

Hop Stocks Held by Growers, Dealers, and Brewers - United States: 2014-2017
[Includes equivalent pounds of dry hops held in extract or pellet form]
                  :          September 1           :          March 1           
      Stocks      :-------------------------------------------------------------
                  :   2014   :   2015   :   2016   :  2015   :  2016   :  2017  
                  :                        1,000 pounds                         
Stocks held by:   :                                                             
  Dealers/Growers :  47,000     46,000     49,000     76,000    88,000  105,000 
  Brewers ........:  43,000     37,000     36,000     43,000    40,000   35,000 
  Total stocks ...:  90,000     83,000     85,000    119,000   128,000  140,000 

Statistical Methodology

Survey procedures: Grower surveys are conducted in the three estimating 
States (Washington, Idaho, and Oregon) to collect stocks of hops held by 
growers. Additionally, contacts are made to collect stocks held by brewers 
and dealers. Telephone follow-up of mail survey non-respondents is used to 
ensure adequate coverage.

Estimating procedures: Information obtained from the hops stocks grower, 
dealer, and brewers surveys are used to establish estimates of hops stocks. 
These estimates are reviewed for errors, reasonableness, and consistency with 
historical estimates.

Revision policy: Hop stocks are subject to revision the following estimating 
period following initial publication and again in the following March Hop 
Stocks report. Revisions can be made when late reports are received, errors 
are detected in reporting and calculations, or production estimates are 
revised. Estimates will also be reviewed following the 5-Year Census of 
Agriculture.  No revisions to these years will be made after that date.

Reliability: Survey indications are subject to sampling variability because 
all operations storing hops are not included in the sample. Survey results 
are also subject to non-sampling errors such as omission, duplication, 
imputation for missing data, and mistakes in reporting, recording, and 
processing the data. These errors cannot be measured directly, but are 
minimized through rigid quality controls in the data collection process and a 
careful review of all reported data for consistency and reasonableness.

Information Contacts

Listed below are the commodity statisticians in the Crops Branch of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service to contact for additional information. E-mail inquiries may be sent to

Lance Honig, Chief, Crops Branch..................................................... (202) 720-2127

Jorge Garcia-Pratts, Head, Fruits, Vegetables and Special Crops Section.............. (202) 720-2127
     Vincent Davis - Fresh and Processing Vegetables, Onions, Strawberries, 
Sugarbeets, Sugarcane, Cherries...................................................... (202) 720-2157
     Fleming Gibson - Citrus, Coffee, Tropical Fruits................................ (202) 720-5412
     Greg Lemmons - Berries, Cranberries, Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes .................. (202) 720-4285
     Dan Norris - Austrian Winter Peas, Dry Edible Peas, Lentils, Mint,
          Mushrooms, Peaches, Pears, Wrinkled Seed Peas, Dry Beans .................. (202) 720-3250
     Daphne Schauber - Floriculture, Grapes, Hops, Maple Syrup, Nursery, Tree Nuts .. (202) 720-4215
     Chris Singh - Apples, Apricots, Plums, Prunes, Tobacco ......................... (202) 720-4288

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