Apr 172014

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Apr 152014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is lifting the Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) Federal Order that was first issued in 2006 in response to an outbreak of the fish disease in the Great Lakes region.  slots to play slots to play

After studying the disease, conducting surveillance and evaluating the latest science, APHIS has determined it can safely remove the Federal Order as long as states maintain existing VHS regulations and other practices to reduce risk.

By removing the Federal Order, which has become duplicative with state regulations, we can still protect the health of farmed and wild fish while also supporting the interstate movement needs of the aquaculture industry. Beginning June 2, APHIS will no longer prohibit or restrict the interstate movement of VHS-susceptible species of live fish from VHS-affected or at-risk states, including: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. In addition, APHIS will no longer restrict the importation of the same species of live fish from Ontario and Quebec, Canada into the United States. However, this action does not affect the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s salmonid importation requirements as found in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Although APHIS will no longer regulate VHS, the Agency’s Veterinary Services program will continue to work with states and industry to promote sound biosecurity practices and share scientific updates regarding the disease.

Source: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAAPHIS/bulletins/b11ee1

Apr 012014

With more than 200,000 ponds in Kentucky, the state has many aquatic systems that need proper management. To help landowners do this, the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky State University are hosting two aquaculture programs in Central Kentucky. topgame casino topgame casino

An aquatic plant- and algae-control training program will take place from 10 a.m. EDT to 4 p.m. April 11 at the Franklin County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. usa online casino echeck usa online casino echeck

Forrest Wynne, William Wurts and Bob Durborow are presenters. All are KSU extension specialists for aquaculture. Discussion topics will include aquatic plant and algae identification, methods of control, and herbicide and algaecide use with a special emphasis on proper chemical selection, application techniques, applicator safety and record keeping.

Continuing education units for pesticide applicators are available including three specific hours in category 5 and two general hours in categories 10 and 12.

Wurts, Wynne, and Durborow will present a second workshop on pond management from 8:30 a.m. EDT until noon April 12 at the Franklin County Extension Office.

“The workshop will provide a broad perspective about managing ponds for farm use and recreational fishing as well as small-scale and recreational aquaculture,” Wurts said.

Both the workshop and training are free and open to the public. Preregistration is not required, but to ensure they receive workshop materials, potential attendees should contact either Wurts at 270-365-7541, ext. 200 orwwurts@uky.edu, Wynne at 270-247-2334 or fwynne@email.uky.edu or Keenan Bishop at 502-695-9035 orkbishop@uky.edu.


William Wurts, 270-365-7541, ext. 200
Forrest Wynne, 270-247-2334
Keenan Bishop, 502-695-9035

Mar 212014

AquaVision logoWell known innovation professor David Robertson to AquaVision 2014 in Stavanger, Norway, June 16-18, 2014.

In the aquaculture industry, there have traditionally been two main contributors to success; firstly, innovation that reduces costs and improves competitiveness; and secondly, market development investments that either increase demand by expanding the market geographically or that increase the number of products available to producers.

For many businesses, innovation is a guarantee of future success, but in the case of LEGO it came close to bringing its downfall. In 2003, despite having followed a path of intense innovation and successfully applying the advice of many experts, this globally iconic brand found itself virtually out of money and with a portfolio of products that was failing to win over consumers. At AquaVision 2014, Professor David Robertson will explain how LEGO turned its fortunes around to become one of the healthiest, most profitable and fastest growing companies in the toy industry today.

From 2002 through 2010, Professor David Robertson was the LEGO Professor of Innovation and Technology Management at Switzerland’s Institute for Management Development (IMD). He is also the author of ‘Brick by Brick: How LEGO Reinvented its Innovation System and Conquered the Toy Industry’. Forbes nominated this book as the best business book of 2013.

About AquaVision

Since its beginning in 1996 AquaVision has developed as a leading meeting place for decision makers in modern aquaculture worldwide. Gathering around 450 top leaders from this food producing value chain, AquaVision sets the direction for future development in fish farming and other kinds of aquaculture. the best online casinos for us players the best online casinos for us players

Expected to attract a diverse range of stakeholders AquaVision 2014 will be the 10th World Aquaculture Business Conference.

AquaVision is a world-class aquaculture conference that attracts a diverse range of stakeholders to Stavanger every two years and will do so again 16-18 June 2014. The conference, organised by Skretting and its parent company Nutreco since 1996, has established itself as an important meeting place for some 450 participants from around 35 countries.

The theme for AquaVision 2014 is ‘Meeting tomorrow today’ and the two-day programme will discuss on the three main topics: “Feeding 9 billion people”, “The blue revolution” and “Beyond tomorrow”.


USDA NIFA logoPlease find attached (PDF) a Federal Register notice announcing a series of public meetings to obtain comments on a proposed rulethat would establish requirements for shippers, carriers by motor vehicle and rail vehicle, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including food for animals, to use sanitary transportation practices to help ensure the safety of the food or feed products they transport. This may have implications for the commercial aquaculture feed manufacturing and transportation industries.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing three public meetings to discuss the proposed rule that would establish requirements for shippers, carriers by motor vehicle and rail vehicle, and receivers engaged in the transportation of food, including food for animals, to use sanitary transportation practices to help ensure the safety of the food they transport. The proposed rule is part of our larger effort to focus on prevention of food safety problems throughout the food chain and is part of our implementation of the Sanitary Food Transportation Act of 2005 (2005 SFTA) and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The purpose of the public meetings is to inform the public of the provisions of the proposed rule and the rulemaking process (including how to submit comments, data, and other information to the rulemaking docket) as well as solicit oral stakeholder and public comments on the proposed rule and to respond to questions about the rule.

To read the Federal Register notice, click here.

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Feb 142014

Raising Fish Today to Build a Better Tomorrow is the theme of the 2014 Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference. Registration is now open for the 19th annual event, which will be held March 7-8 at Fox Hills Resort in Mishicot.

“As consumer interest in locally sourced fish continues to rise, the Wisconsin aquaculture industry will need to innovate to grow and meet demand,” says Mike Kelm, president of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association and owner of Quiet Springs Fish Farm in Arpin. “This conference will allow fish farmers and others interested in aquaculture to learn about the latest on-farm innovations and advancements to produce quality Wisconsin grown fish in a sustainable environment.”  Read more …

Feb 132014

Strategic Plan Secen Key ObjectivesCommercial aquaculture has been underdeveloped in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region at a time when global demand for seafood is on the rise and global capture fisheries have reached maximum yield. Michigan is situated centrally to the abundant freshwater resources of the Great Lakes basin – with 20% of the world’s available freshwater. The strategic plan for the sector provides a roadmap to the creation of a thriving and sustainable aquaculture that can provide abundant healthy food while preserving and improving water resources for other uses including tourism/recreation, industry, and other forms of agriculture.

Read the full report here.

Feb 032014

Pure Michigan AgricultureMDARD and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) are partnering to host an ‘invitation-only’ business to business matchmaking event to grow the food and agribusiness economy in Michigan March 26, 2014, in Lansing.

The event is called Pure Michigan Agriculture Business Connect Summit.  The buyers:  Meijer, SpartanNash, Kroger, Lipari, US Foods, Whole Foods, Gordon Food Service and Sysco, just to name a few, have submitted needs for Michigan grown and Michigan made products.  Those individual needs will be posted to thewww.puremichiganb2b.com/MichiganAg on February 3 (when the URL goes live) and producers and processors can apply for the opportunity to become a supplier.  If you are selected as a potential supplier you will be invited to have a meeting with the buyers.  Some of the needs submitted center around produce, animal proteins, dairy, bakery items, grocery and confections.  This is a great way for us to continue to facilitate matchmaking opportunities for the industry. roulette for money roulette for money

There is only a three week window for potential suppliers to get registered, registration deadline is February 26.

MEDC has had great success in the automotive and medical device industry hosting b2b supplier events.  If you want to see what the event will look like go towww.puremichiganb2b.com and click on the Ford video.  Just replace automotive parts with food and agricultural products and you get the picture!

If you have any specific questions about the Summit, please contact Jodi Gruner at 517-243-8046 or grunerj@michigan.gov.

For more information: Pure Michigan Ag b2b 2014

Jan 312014

Aqua GrowersFollowing another successful Recirculating Aquaculture Systems (RAS) seminar in October, Aqua Growers is pleased to announce the “Growing Your Dream Basic Aquaponics Technology” Seminar on March 7-9, 2014 with Charlie Shultz in Livonia, MI.  Early registration is now open with discounts offered to those that register now with only a $100 deposit and the balance due by February 15, 2014.  Discounts of 35% off the regular price is also available to students, in addition multiple registration discount to 2 or more from same company or household (please see registration form for details).

The early registration discount for the “Growing Your Dream” Basic Aquaponics Technology Seminar with R. Charlie Shultz ends on February 15th, 2014.  Be sure to take advantage of the discount by registering now and securing your seat.  After February 15th registration will be the normal price of $700.  If you are a student….take advantage of our student discount of 35%.  Multiple discounts for participants registering 2 or more from the same company or household is still $600 (even after February 15th).  Be sure to call now to get your registrations in before the deadline.  Take advantage of this offer by contacting Michele Wallace, Marketing Director/Event Planner, 248-756-8584 or wem54@yahoo.com for further information regarding this seminar including agenda and lodging information.

Jan 302014

US Small Business Admin logoATLANTA – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Michigan as a result of the combined effects of excessive rain from April 1, through July 29, returning Oct. 15, 2013 and continuing drought from July 30, through Oct. 15, 2013 and cooler than normal temperatures which spanned the entire disaster period.   

The disaster declaration includes Alcona, Alpena, Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford,Grand Traverse, Isabella, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mecosta, Missaukee, Montcalm, Montmorency, Newaygo, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon and Wexford counties in Michigan.

 “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.

Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible

farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.  With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers or ranchers.  Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.

The loan amount can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 2.875 percent for private non-profit organizations of all sizes and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.  These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.  Loan applications can be downloaded from www.sba.gov/disaster.  Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX  76155.

Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than September 23, 2014.

For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at www.sba.gov/disaster.