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.Read more
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.Read more
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
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:
Aquaponics Association, Directer of Public Policy, February 2017
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.
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 microbiologyRead more
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!Read more