Oct 152014

The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD) at Michigan State University is continuing our webinar series “Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development.” Webinars feature technology that has been developed by the 12 North Central land-grants and all our webinars are free to anyone interested. The primary goal is to help disseminate information regarding new innovations in agriculture. The secondary goal is to help generate potential intermediate/end user feedback for technology developers.

NCRCRD´s next webinar is about efforts directed at improving animal health, nutrition, and production efficiency in aquaculture.

More Webinar Details:

Title: Prairie AquaTech:  Improving animal health, nutrition, and production efficiency.
Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014
Time: 12:30 PM ET/11:30 AM CT

Description: Roughly two-thirds of the world’s major fish stocks are currently fished at or above capacity. To keep pace with global demand, about half of all seafood consumed is now farmed. Without aquaculture, the UN FAO reports the world will face a significant seafood shortage by 2030. This has led to a significant demand for sustainable aquaculture feedstuffs and health supplements, which is the largest operating cost for aquaculture production. Prairie AquaTech specializes in new microbial approaches to aquaculture and other animal feeds and health supplements, and has developed a process that will replace more expensive natural resources currently being used in animal feeds, such as fishmeal. Their current research focus is optimizing feed and health supplement formulations and conducting feeding trials to produce high protein feed ingredient replacers that are lower cost, blend-ready to meet species-specific nutrient requirements, and provide immune system enhancement.  Prairie AquaTech is currently producing 1 ton of product per day at its pilot scale facility and is conducting animal feeding trials throughout the world.  The next step is to break ground on a 15,000-ton commercial plant, which will provide product to feed manufacturers in the animal health industry.

About the presenters:

Dr. Bill Gibbons is a Professor of Biology and Microbiology at South Dakota State University and Chief Scientific Officer, Processing, at Prairie AquaTech.

Dr. Mike Brown is a Distinguished Professor of Fisheries Science at South Dakota State University and Chief Scientific Officer, Nutrition, at Prairie AquaTech.

Mark Luecke is the Chief Executive Officer at Prairie AquaTech.

To access the free webinar on Tuesday 10/21, go to: https://connect.msu.edu/newtech/ and select “Enter as a Guest.” You will then be directed to the MSU Adobe Connect page. Currently, a flyer for the upcoming webinar is posted on the page. If you need technical assistance accessing the page, please contact MSU Adobe Connect at:  (517) 355-2345 or 1-800-500-1554.

Also, if you have any questions about the webinar, please contact:

John Mann, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Center for Economic Analysis, and
North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
Michigan State University
446 W. Circle Drive, Room 207
East Lansing, MI, 48824-1039
Office Phone: (517) 353-2129
Email: mannjoh3@anr.msu.edu
MSU: www.afre.msu.edu/people/mann_john_t
CEA: www.cea.msu.edu
NCRCRD: https://ncrcrd.msu.edu/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/john-mann/20/868/a34/

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