The three day Aquaculture America Trade show gave us an opportunity to come face to face with some of our current and future members. Thank you to all that stopped by the booth. We had a great turn out and are looking forward to seeing you all at our annual conference coming up in Hartford, CT. Keep a look out for exact dates and prices.
North Carolina State University is hosting the annual North Carolina Aquaculture Conference in a few weeks. This year they are including a pre-conference aquaponics workshop on March 7. The Workshop features aquaponic experts Bradley Todd (Lucky Clay's Fresh) and Huy Tran (Apopka Aquaponic Farms).
Find more information and signup here: https://jones.ces.ncsu.edu/2018/02/aquaponics-short-course/
Las Vegas, Nevada
February 19 - 22, 2018
The Aquaponics Association will have a booth at Aquaculture America in Las Vegas this coming week. Stop by and talk to one of our Directors and members that will be available to answer questions about the association. You will also have an opportunity to sign up as a member of the association with a special discount if you stop by our booth.
We look forward to seeing you there!
During our annual conference (Putting Down Roots) in Portland, OR, we had the privilege to have students from Meadow Park Middle School present their project on aquaponics and they have received the attention of NASA.
Take a look at the link below to see the story:
Their video presentation can be seen on:
"One Step Closer to Mars With Aquaponics” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/253348616?ref=em-share
Our team has worked hard to edit and make this video available for you.
Read the Aquaponic Farm Bill Letter to Congress with over 200 signatures!
From the USDA 1/25/18:
"At its Fall 2017 public meeting, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) heard significant testimony about hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic operations. Given the extensive debate on this topic, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is posting this notice to clarify the status of these systems.
"Certification of hydroponic, aquaponic, and aeroponic operations is allowed under the USDA organic regulations, and has been since the National Organic Program began. For these products to be labeled as organic, the operation must be certified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent, and maintain compliance with the USDA organic regulations.
"The NOSB has recommended prohibiting aeroponic systems in organic production. USDA will consider this recommendation; aeroponics remains allowed during this review."
Trifecta Ecosystems hosted U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy for a discussion about aquaponics and our future. Great work! We need more conversations like this. Click here to join the Aquaponics Association Farm Bill Coalition and sign our letter to Congress.
Putting Down Roots Journal #5
A highlight of the Putting Down Roots conference was Ryan Crist's aquaponic trailer in the vendor showroom.
This trailer holds a fully functional aquaponic system complete with pumps, fans, sensors, and controllers for automation. It has minimal power needs due to a battery bank and renewable energy sources.
Ryan built the aquaponic trailer with a "Best Prototype" grant for a system able to grow plants in arid climates.
Putting Down Roots Journal #4
By Andres Kwart
Kaben Smallwood gave a heart-felt speech at the Putting Down Roots conference that left me (and those around me) with feelings of awe and inspiration. His views on community, education, and sustainability are extremely positive and necessary in modern day American society.
Putting Down Roots Journal #3
By Brandon Youst
The highlight of the Putting Down Roots conference, in my mind, was a panel led by Lyf Gildersleeve of Flying Fish Company and Andre Uribe, Executive Chef at Bon Appetit and Willamette University. They shared these tips to help commercial aquaponic growers:
- Make logistics easy for the chefs and your customers in all ways that you can. Simple payment systems, simple packaging, bunching for easy processing, and if appropriate- washed and clean produce.