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The University of Nebraska will start a project to increase the amount of consistent-tasting hops grown in the state. This will lead to better locally-brewed beer. And you thought UNL was all about football.

Hops, The Plant
This is what young hops looks like, apparently.

News this week out of the University of Nebraska - The Nebraska Hops Project!

Launching this summer, the Nebraska Hops project will test the viability of growing eight hop varieties at five locations statewide. Led by Stacy Adams, associate professor of practice in agronomy and horticulture, the research project has the potential to expand hop production in Nebraska, helping better meet craft brewing demands for the pinecone-like blooms on the plant, while also offering farmers an opportunity to diversify crop production.

There seems to be lots and lots and lots of you who believe that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln solely exists to provide the state with a winning football team.

This is SO NOT TRUE, sunsabitches!

The University of Nebraska does many things for the state of Nebraska beyond sports, and this project is an example of one of them. Is there any better way to help the state than to help its craft brewers make a better tasting beer?

I say NO!

Is this a good expenditure of tax payer dollars?

I say YES!

Note this:

The project is funded through an $83,000 specialty crop block grant from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

And then this, from the Nebraska Hops Page:

Craft brewing is an emerging industry in Nebraska, producing 33,939 barrels per year and having a direct economic impact of $424 million dollars in 2014 alone.

Essentially, they're making an $83k investment (pocket change, really) that might have a much larger impact over the long run because Nebraska brewers can buy consistently grown hops right in their own state without having to buy from those screwy bastards in the Pacific Northwest.

Invest in your own state's economy and businesses to influence the bottom line and at the same time provide a better beer experience? This is INSANE!!! CRAZY!

And you thought everything was about the fullback and balloons!

On a more serious note - if you're one of those people who worries that the state of Nebraska's image is mostly about agriculture and you're disgusted because this gets you labeled a "hick" at your neighborhood parties on the coasts, you really need to re-think how you approach the subject.

Nebraska farmers grow food that feeds the world. There are not a lot of things we can do as humans that is more noble than this. If that bothers you, I suggest you identify yourself with another more snooty state and leave the rest of us "hicks" to our food and clean water.

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Coyle answered by apologizing for the timing and saying two of his three kids were born in Minnesota and blah blah blah family and "coming home". It was a nice answer, but, wow, what a load of bullshit.

He got the chance to be an athletic director at a Big Ten school that will have athletic money flowing in like beer from a fountain and he took it. Whether he'll be good.. well, as long as he isn't sexting his co-workers and hitting on them at parties he'll be better than his predecessor.

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