The Research Council of Norway has allocated NOK 13 million ($1.97m) to the AquaFly project.

The project will spend the next four years investigating the potential of using insects as safe and healthy ingredients of future fish feeds.

AquaFly will be looking at the use of insect meal as an ingredient of salmon feed, also in an environmental, social and economic perspective. As project leader, the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, known as NIFES, will be responsible for research on fish nutrition and feed safety, while our partners will be looking closely at other aspects giving the project a very broad perspective.  Read more …

Oct 212014

As the world grows hungrier for animal protein, insects could be the new way to feed livestock.

Most farmers go to great lengths to keep insects at bay. For a growing cadre of livestock and fish producers though, bugs have never been so welcome.

Despite the appearance of some insect-based foods on store shelves — protein bars and tortilla chips made from crickets, for instance — creepy-crawlies are still a little distasteful for most.

However, food producers are likely to feel the pinch as the world’s population climbs to nine billion by 2050, while rising incomes in large countries like China and India lead to greater demand for meat-rich diets. So entrepreneurs, researchers, and even the United Nations are looking for an animal feed less expensive than the soybeans and fishmeal typically used today. Insects like mealworms and fly larvae, a natural food for wild birds and fish, could be a near-perfect replacement. With several startups planning industrial-scale operations, it may not be long before some poultry or fish entrées are raised on a regular diet of bugs.  Read more … slots to play

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.

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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. usa players casinos online

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: 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

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2014-0710 Aquafeed front pageHere is your personal copy of  the Summer 2014 issue of  Aquafeed: Advances in Processing & Formulation;  we hope you find it interesting and informative.
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Bell AquacultureState officials applauded the grand opening of Bell Aquaculture’s fish feed mill during an event on Tuesday that included a bluegrass band and a meal of “Pomegranate Sage Jim Beam Brown Butter Rainbow Trout” raised on the premises.

“It holds firm, the coloration is fantastic and they fillet it at a good size,” said chef Bryan Bell, a culinary instructor at Ivy Tech Community College in Muncie, who also prepared a smoked trout spread for crackers.  Read more …

Jun 242014

FIS_logoInsect meal may become an important ingredient of feed for farmed salmon, while making fish feed more sustainable, according to research carried out by the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES).

“Insect meal could be a future source of protein in the diet of Atlantic salmon. Insect meal is extremely rich in proteins, and its amino acid make-up is similar to that of fishmeal,” says NIFES scientist Erik-Jan Lock.

Insect meal is produced by separation of proteins and fats followed by drying of insect larvae.

Lock points out that insect larvae are important components of the diet of wild fish, which means that insect meal is one of the most natural things to use for fish-feed. Besides, using insect-meal has important benefits for the environment as insects can transform all sorts of organic material, such as food waste.  Read more …

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FIS_logoBell Aquaculture’s plans to add a feed mill as part of a USD 30-million expansion in Delaware, Indiana, wereapproved by the Metropolitan Board of Zoning Appeals last week.

Although supporters of the project consider the plan presented by this fish farm producing nearly 3 million pounds per year of yellow perch, trout and coho salmon, will help turn the area into an aquaculture hub, neighbours have expressed complaints about the stench produced by the farm’s fish feces lagoon, Associated Press reported.

Since that mill will produce more fish food a month than the firm needs for its operations, the surplus food will be destined to fuel the Indiana aquaculture industry’s growth.  Read more …

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A a non-profit research and development institute has published a report after conducting a trial using a variety of different fish to observe the effects of adding rapeseed into fish feed.

The main problem of the aquaculture sector is the provision of suitable and sufficient fish feed, because the most important protein source in aquaculture, the fish meal, is a limited resource. Due to their high nutritional value the rapeseed proteins have great potential as an alternative protein source for the fish nutrition. Therefore, the aim of this work is to develop a manufacturing process of high quality rapeseed protein concentrates, which can replace the limited marine resource.  Read more …

Jan 132014

World Fishing & Aquaculture interviews Norwegian modern fish farming pioneer, Bjørn Myrseth to discover what he believes the future holds for the fast growing industry.

Fish that do not require fish protein in their feed will become important in tomorrow’s aquaculture, says Norwegian fish farming pioneer, Bjørn Myrseth. “I will continue to work with marine fish that can be grown in cages, but at the moment I am also interested in taking a look at the herbivore or omnivore fish that are sold at low prices such as tilapia and pangasius.”

This is far removed from the farming of rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon in Norway, which is where Mr Myrseth began his long career in aquaculture. This career has taken him all over the world and has involved the farming of many species.  Read more …

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Minnesota AgMinnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson is leading a trade mission to Vietnam and Thailand starting this week. us casinos that take mastercard

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