Tentative Putting Down Roots Schedule

The Association has released a tentative schedule for the Putting Down Roots conference November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon.

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We're starting to get excited! 

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The NOSB Needs To Hear From Us ASAP

We all need to step up the pressure on the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) ahead of the Fall 2017 Meeting in Jacksonville, Florida Oct 31 - Nov 2.
 
There is a distinct chance the NOSB may finally vote and officially revoke the organic eligibility of aquaponic production
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Tawnya's Experience With The National Organic Standards Board

By Tawnya Sawyer

The National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) had their Spring 2017 meeting in April at the Denver Sheraton Conference Center (coincidently the same venue as the 2012 Aquaponic Association conference.) The panel of 16 board members had a lengthy agenda reviewing a variety of substances, different livestock management practices and a host of other important topics. Of major interest to our industry was the discussion related to the future of organic certification for hydroponics/aeroponics/aquaponics and greenhouse container growing.

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Putting Down Roots Content Highlights

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What are Dr. Nick Savidov, Murray Hallam, and Angela Tenbroeck going to be talking about at the Putting Down Roots Conference?

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Putting Down Roots

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The Aquaponics Association has announced its 2017 national conference, Putting Down Roots, to be held in Portland, Oregon November 3 – 5.

The Conference will feature the following aquaponic experts:

  • Dr. Nick Savidov, Lethbridge College
  • Murray Hallam, Practical Aquaponics
  • Jon Parr, SchoolGrown
  • Angela Tenbroeck, Center for Sustainable Agricultural Excellence & Conservation
  • Arvind Venkat, WaterFarmers

The Conference will also feature tours of local aquaponic operations including Live Local Organic, a certified organic aquaponic farm that supplies 71 individual stores and 10 retailers.

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New Website

Hey Folks, welcome to the new Aquaponics Association Website!

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Aquaponics Association Advises U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to Keep Aquaponic Species Off the "Injurious" List

The Aquaponics Association has submitted its opinion to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that the FWS should take no current action on the Center for Invasive Species Prevention’s (CISP) petition of September, 2016. CISP petitioned the FWS to list 43 new aquatic species as “injurious”, including several species vital to the aquaponics industry. These listings would make it difficult or impossible to grow many of the common aquaponic fish.

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Hydroponic Components of an Aquaponic System

Recent release: very informative and thorough doc about the hydroponic components of an aquaponic system. From D. Allen Pattillo at Iowa State University.

Check it out here!    https://www.ncrac.org/files/biblio/123.pdf

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Official Statement on the Ongoing NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) Aquaponic Eligibility Debate

The Aquaponics Association’s official statement on the ongoing NOSB (National Organic Standards Board) Aquaponic eligibility debate. Prepared by:

Brian Filipowich

Aquaponics Association, Directer of Public Policy, February 2017

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The Aquaponics Association Urges the National Organic Standards Board to Maintain the Organic Eligibility of Aquaponic Produce

The Aquaponics Association very strongly urges the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to maintain the ability of crops grown in aquaponic systems to carry the organic seal. The 15-member NOSB met in St. Louis last November and considered a proposal to revoke the organic eligibility of crops grown in water-based systems like aquaponic, hydroponic, and perhaps even soil-based “container-grown” systems. The NOSB noted that in 2016 there are 52 certified organic hydroponic/aquaponic operations. The NOSB plans to vote again in April, at the Spring 2017 meeting in Denver.

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The Aquaponics Association firmly believes that we can deliver what consumers expect when they see the organic label:         

1)  No synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or antibiotics

2)  Sustainable production  

3)  Healthy, active microbiology 

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Washington Post Boosts Tilapia

The Washington Post recently ran an article of interest to the aquaponic community: Tilapia Has a Terrible Reputation. Does it Deserve It? (Tamar Haspel. Washington Post. October 24, 2016.)

The Post found that tilapia has an unfair bad rap, and this should make us aquaponic folk angry! Because its costing us!

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