Oct 172014
 

Hanging Rock is a limestone outcrop along the Wabash River not far from where the Salamonie River flows into the Wabash in north-central Indiana.

Norman McCowan’s family used to travel from its home in Redkey to this narrow, slow-flowing stretch of the Wabash to fish for flatheads. It was young McCowan’s job to gather the baitfish these big catfish like to strike.

“I learned pretty early you can’t put the fish in city water with chlorine,” McCowan recalled. “It’s been a lifelong effort to understand fish.”  Read more …

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.

Dr. Mike Brown is a Distinguished Professor of Fisheries Science at South Dakota State University and Chief Scientific Officer, Nutrition, at Prairie AquaTech. what are the best online casino bonuses

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/

Oct 132014
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When Dan Vogler, Michigan’s largest commercial fish farmer, purchased the Grayling Fish Hatchery two years ago, the 45-year-old producer was widely viewed along the banks of northern Michigan’s Au Sable River as a civic hero. The 98-year-old hatchery, built to replenish the region’s grayling and rainbow trout fishery, closed in the 1960s, reopened in 1983, and then changed ownership and management three times in 30 years.

Vogler’s plan was to end decades of institutional uncertainty by expanding production of farmed trout for state markets while also ensuring that the stream of summer tourists to the historic hatchery could continue to feed and catch trout (50 cents an inch) in pools filled with the Au Sable’s famously clean and cold water.  Read more …

Oct 072014
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There has been recent interest by the aquaculture/baitfish industry and regulators to develop some type of certification/verification program to ensure that AIS-HACCP/Aquaculture Biosecurity procedures are actually in place and working. Such a certification/verification program does not exist in the North Central Region, thus pilot programs for Michigan and Minnesota will be explored and will be discussed at the workshop.

To continue these efforts Michigan Sea GrantMichigan State University Extension, and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center (NCRAC) will be offering an Aquatic Invasive Species-Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (AIS-HACCP)/Aquaculture Biosecurity Workshop that will be held on October 21, 2014 in Clare, Michigan at the Doherty Hotel. The workshop will run from 9:00 am to 4:30 p.m. There is no registration fee for this workshop.

For more information, please contact Ron Kinnunen at kinnune1@msu.edu or (906) 226-3687.

See also: http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/ais-haccp_aquaculture_biosecurity_workshop_to_be_offered_in_clare

Sep 152014
 

State ag officials say Wisconsin’s growing aquaculture industries are a good sign of growth for fishing and other associated activities.

Ag program supervisor Mike Bandli says most of Wisconsin’s aquaculture focuses on fish farms, fish hatcheries and pay-for-fish establishments. Traditionally it’s anglers that benefit the most from the hatcheries and paid-for establishments, but fish farms for food are growing in number. “Historically there’s been a number of farms that raise trout for human consumption.Over the last number of years there’s been interest in raising perch as well, and recently there’s been an interest in raising walleye.”  Read more …

Sep 122014
 

State ag officials say Wisconsin’s growing aquaculture industries are a good sign of growth for fishing and other associated activities.

Ag program supervisor Mike Bandli says most of Wisconsin’s aquaculture focuses on fish farms, fish hatcheries and pay-for-fish establishments. Traditionally it’s anglers that benefit the most from the hatcheries and paid-for establishments, but fish farms for food are growing in number. “Historically there’s been a number of farms that raise trout for human consumption.Over the last number of years there’s been interest in raising perch as well, and recently there’s been an interest in raising walleye.”  Read more …

Sep 092014
 

NPR logoEven though Michigan is surrounded by more than 20 percent of the world’s freshwater, fish farming is largely unheard of there.

But this summer, the aquaculture industry took a step forward. And that has touched off a debate over the appropriateness of fish farming on the Great Lakes.

There’s only one company now in Michigan that raises fish for restaurants and grocery stores in large volumes. It’s a family business, run by Dan Vogler, on a few acres near Harrietta, Mich., population 143.

There are more than a half-million fish at Harrietta Hills Trout Farm. They’re mostly rainbow trout and the largest ones weigh 1.5 pounds.  Read more …

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Bell Aquaculture LLC, and Will Allen Farms LLC announced a partnership today in cooperation with theUniversity of Wisconsin Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences to continue to provide the highly popular Yellow Perch to the Midwest. This group has a synergistic vision to provide quality, healthy food to the future of humanity using sustainable, ecologically sound methods. Will Allen Farms LLC has established a Yellow Perch fingerling farm located on site at Bell Farms™ inAlbany, Indiana. The farm will be critical to maintaining supply of this high demand fish to the Midwest through markets spread across the region and country.  Read more …

Aug 272014
 

Michigan took a big step forward this summer in the business of fish farming. The state issued a permit to expand the Grayling Fish Hatchery more than tenfold.The hatchery raises trout for restaurants and grocery stores.

The expansion comes as interest in fish farming is growing nationwide and there is now talk of going offshore into the open waters of the Great Lakes.  Read more …

 

A University of Michigan graduate student has taken the term “learning beyond the classroom” to a whole new level. red32 mobile casino

Lizzy Grobbel, an environmental engineering master’s student and a Dow Sustainability Fellow at U-M, is pursuing a pilot project called “urban revitalization through sustainable small-scale aquaculture.”

Her mission: turning a vacant Detroit house into a shrimp farm.  Read more …

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