Good Beer Hunting, a beer industry blog, is reporting that the Brewer's Association will be funding up to two hop breeding positions in the USDA. The positions would focus on breeding aroma varieties resistant to diseases, and the results would be publicly varieties. This is a major win for small growers, since many of the hottest varieties (Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, etc.) are proprietary and small growers cannot afford the licensing fees required to plant them.
Public varieties are still very strong in the industry (think Cascade, Centennial, Zeus) on both the production and use sides, so keep on growing!