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AFS401

A Research Guide for Agricultural & Food Systems 401

Project Goals

Partnering Organization: WSU Food Systems Program, with collaboration from the WAFOOD research team (UW, TCC)

Project Goals

  • Gain an extensive understanding for how the hop industry works.
  • Help Hopsteiner further develop the companies’ own internal Covid-19 food safety and GMP guidelines for farms/operations.
  • Make revisions to our annual grower letter so that the company can convey the importance of food and worker safety to our local growing partners.

A Note About Finding Resources

Among many different types of research resources, this project is going to require finding data pertaining to the hop industry, the impact and changes caused by Covid-19, as well as scholarly research. 

Listed below are resources that might assist you with this project. It is by no means meant to be an exhaustive list. Rather it is meant to get you thinking about what sort of resources you might need and where they may come from.

If you have any question, please email me.

Find Industry Info

Part of this project requires an understanding of the hop industry. This information may include company or industry profiles, newspaper reports, press releases, and more.

Below are a few resources to get you started. 

Tip: Think about the keywords that you will be using for your searches. A term like "hops" might get you too many erroneous search results. Therefore you may need to refine your keywords to "hop industry" or "hop growing."

Helpful Industry Resources

  • Nexis Uni - Provides information on U.S. and international private and public companies. Info may include: Company description and history, competitors, subsidiaries, size, officers and directors, annual stock price averages, and more.
  • Business Source Complete - Allows you to search company and industry information across popular press, trade journals, product reviews, and much more. Also provides information regarding company and industry profiles. This may be helpful when for searching for information regarding companies within the hop industry. 

For more in-depth information regarding corporate research, take a look at the Company Research Library Guide. 

Newspaper and Trade Publications

  • Newspaper Source - This database provides selected full text coverage for 245 newspapers, newswires and other sources.
  • Nexis Uni - An excellent source for searching for information within state/regional/US newspapers (including the New York Times) as well as English-language foreign newspapers and foreign language newspapers. 

See also WSU News and Newspaper Research Guide

Find Data Regarding Hop Markets, Yields, etc.

Information Regarding Hops & Covid

For your project, you will need to understand Covid-19 safety and GMP guidelines for farms and operations. This information can come from a variety of sources. Below are a few resources that may get you started.

Resources for Understanding Covid-19 Impacts on Hop Farms and Operations

Finding Peer-Reviewed Research

You will probably also have to locate scholarly and peer-reviewed research. Below are a few scholarly databases that will be particularly helpful.

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