Thanks for the input. I hadn't thought about the seasonal aspect of hop farming and there wouldn't be a lot going on. Good point.
At last year's conference in Minneapolis I was lucky enough to go on the trip to Rahr Malting. The largest single location malt-house in the world. It was well worth the trip with railroad cars of grain arriving and the grains being steeped, malted and dried. Well worth the visit - especially the on-site brewery, food and beer truck!