Oct 232014

Purdue Extension will present a workshop in Rochester to show the benefits of solar energy used on farms and in rural small businesses.

The Solar Energy Applications for Agriculture Workshop will be on Nov. 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Fulton County fairgrounds, 1009 W. Third St. slots websites

This is an educational program to show how solar energy panels operate, said Chad Martin, an Extension renewable energy specialist.

“There’s been growing interest in adopting solar energy on farms due to the reduced cost of insulation,” Martin said. “So we want to showcase projects that have occurred in Indiana to get farmers and rural small businesses interested in different models of solar photovoltaic and solar hot water insulations.”

Topics and presenters:

* “Welcome and introductions”: Martin, Purdue Department of Agriculture and Biological Engineering.

* “Indiana Utility Demand and Rates Forecast”: Doug Gotham, director of the Indiana Utility Forecasting Group.

* “Solar PV Project Development for Agriculture”: Jim and Michael Straeter, New Holland Rochester Inc. and Ag Technologies Inc.

* “Fulton County REMC Net Metering Program”: Greg Bitterling, member services manager and energy advisor at Fulton REMC.

* “The Tipmont REMC Community Solar PV Project”: Jason Monroe, energy management supervisor at Tipmont REMC.

* “Solar Thermal Hot Water Applications for Agriculture”: Don Frank, owner of Solar UV Solutions LLC.

* “U.S. Department of Agriculture’s REAP Grant and Loan Guarantee Program”: Curtis Johnson, business programs specialist at USDA Rural Development.

* “Solar Installation Tours”: Weaver Farm and the USDA Farm Service Agency for solar energy project tour.

The event is sponsored by New Holland Rochester Inc. and Ag Technologies Inc. Participants must register by Nov. 5, providing full contact information to Martin atmartin95@purdue.edu or by calling 765-496-3964.

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Aug 202014

Helping farmers understand the animal agriculture industry and make informed decisions about livestock management is the goal of Ivy Tech’s new online certificate program for Indiana’s agriculture community.

Developed in partnership with the Indiana Soybean Alliance and Indiana Corn Marketing Council, this comprehensive 21-week online course can give anyone looking to add livestock, poultry or aquaculture to their operation the tools and knowledge they need to potentially run a successful livestock or aquaculture business.  Read more …

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A new set of how-to videos that teach beginning aquaculturists the ins and outs of fish farming is now available online. The free, five-part video series offers an in-depth look at key issues in fish farming in a short, succinct, easy-to-understand format. It was produced by the Ohio Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at Ohio State University South Centers as part of its yearlong Aquaculture Boot Camp program. The boot camp, offered in 2013 and 2014, provided new and beginning fish farmers a hands-on approach to aquaculture and the business of fish farming, giving participants the opportunity to study the technique at the Piketon facility.  Read more … roulette for money


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.

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.

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 192014

Although education in aquaculture and fisheries biology might not enjoy a high public profile, it is nonetheless a vibrant activity at several universities and satellite sites in Wisconsin.

What’s happening at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee was described by representatives of those institutions during the 19th annual conference of the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association. usa microgaming online casinos

Thanks to a $250,000 grant from Wisconsin’s Sea Grant program, which runs to September 30, 2015, nine courses will be available to small groups of students for home computer study, according to Chris Hartleb, professor of fisheries biology at UW-Stevens Point and co-director of the northern aquaculture demonstration facility at Bayfield.  Read more …

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.

Oct 222013

National Aquaculture Association logoThe National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is presenting a free webinar, “Fish Nutrition 101:  What Fish Farmers Need to Know about Feeds and Feeding”, on November 19, 2013.

Feed represents the largest cost of production in aquaculture, and there are very few aspects of aquaculture that aren’t directly or indirectly influenced by feeds and feeding practices.  Growth and efficiency, broodstock performance and gamete quality, product value, water quality and effluent management, budgets and business planning, environmental impacts, etc.—what you feed and how you feed it affects virtually everything from egg to plate.

In this webinar, we will discuss the basic nutritional requirements of fish and how these differ from terrestrial livestock, attributes of feeds and how to choose the best one for your operation, and feeding strategies to maximize efficiency.  Special topics, including fish meal/fish oil sparing and omega-3 enriched products will also be discussed.

Please join us at this free National Aquaculture Association webinar to learn more about the practical aspects of fish nutrition, aquafeeds, and feeding practices.

Date:      November 19th at 3 p.m. EST

Duration: 60 minutes


Dr. Jesse Trushenski is an Associate Professor with the Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences (CFAAS) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she heads a research team dedicated to aquaculture nutrition and fish physiology.  Holding degrees from Western Washington University (B.S., 2002) and Southern Illinois University Carbondale (Ph.D., 2006), Dr. Trushenski is also President of the Fish Culture Section of the American Fisheries Society.

Linda ODierno has over 25 years of experience working with the fish and seafood industry and is currently the Outreach Specialist for the National Aquaculture Association. Prior to that, she served as Coordinator of Fish and Seafood Development for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and was a Regional Seafood Specialist with New York Sea Grant.

This is the third in a series of webinars presented by the National Aquaculture Association.   The NAA outreach program provides educational programming for the U.S. aquaculture industry, foodservice professionals, nutritionists and dieticians, retailers and wholesalers, and consumers. Webinar topics are selected with industry input to meet actual information needs.  Recorded webinars are available on the NAA website:www.thenaa.net

Aug 012013

USDA NIFA logoPlease note a newly published USDA Southern Regional Aquaculture Center presentation, Introduction to Aquaculture: What is it? Is it Important? How Does it Concern Me?

This is an introductory video that defines aquaculture, introduces several culture systems (ponds, cages, raceways), demonstrates some of the basic steps in aquaculture production and illustrates how aquaculture fits into the global food production scheme.  The presentation is about 18 minutes long.

You can download and view the presentation from the SRAC website at:


or view it on Youtube at:



Jul 112013

A marine science teacher and director of a Florida high school’s aquaculture program, is a finalist for the 2014 Macy’s Florida Department of Education Teacher of the Year award. Are there Michigan k-12 teachers who incorporate aquaculture in their science curriculum who should be recognized? Click here to read about the Florida teacher. roulette bonus

May 152013

Cornell University is offering the 19th Annual Short Course Engineering Design of Recirculating Aquaculture (RAS), Hydroponic, and Aquaponic Systems July 15-19, 2013. See www.bee.cornell.edu/aqua

Course description:

The first three days of this course (Monday-Wednesday) reviews the basic engineering principals behind a successful recirculating aquaculture system (RAS) design.  The objective of this section is to provide sufficient information so that the participant will be able to design, construct, and manage their own RAS system.  On the fourth day (Thursday), the fundamentals of growing plants using current state-of-the-art hydroponic techniques will be presented along with the design and management of these systems.  On Friday, Aquaponics as a combination of aquaculture (fish) and hydroponics (plants) will be covered and several design options explored. Basic principles of business management for the small family farm will also be reviewed by guest speaker Michael Finnegan, CEO Continental Organics LLC.

A “distance” learning opportunity for aquaculture only is also offered (see website for details). us casinos that take mastercard

At the conclusion of the workshop, individuals will have the essential information necessary to design their own systems and have a fundamental knowledge of the principles influencing the numerous design options.

In addition, a FARM TOUR will be made to Continental Organics Inc. (2 acres of hydroponics and a 100,000 lb./year tilapia system); see  www.conorgnx.com  for farm details (within 10 minutes of educational venue).

Location: Mount Saint Mary College
330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, NY  12550


Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Dr. Michael B. Timmons: Aquaculture & Business Management
Dr. Melissa Brechner: Hydroponics

Aquaculture Systems Technologies, New Orleans, LA
Dr. James M. Ebeling: Aquaculture/Aquaponics


Limited Enrollment, Tuition $1000 plus housing ($18/night single)

Register by June 30, 2013

Text for Course: “Recirculating Aquaculture” by Timmons and Ebeling, included in course packet.

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Dr. Michael B. Timmons, mbt3@cornell.edu  or
607-255-1630; 607.227.5638 cell

Mary Cornell, mho5@cornell.edu  or  607-255-8596