The Aquaponics Association submitted its official comment to the NOSB ahead of the Fall 2017 Meeting, at which it will vote on aquaponics' organic future. The Association will also deliver web comments later this month. Here is the state of the Association's Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic Coalition:
Aquaponics and Hydroponics Organic Coalition Comment for the Fall 2017 NOSB Meeting
The Aquaponic and Hydroponic Organic Coalition recommends that the NOSB allow organic certification of aquaponic and hydroponic (AP/HP) farms that are compliant with USDA organic standards. These farming methods align with the organic mission and the integrity of the organic label stands much to gain by including them.
AP/HP are critical to improving the sustainability of our agricultural system, but revoking organic eligibility would move these industries backwards at a time we must foster their growth.
The Association has released a tentative schedule for the Putting Down Roots conference November 3-5 in Portland, Oregon.
Click here to see the Putting Down Roots Schedule
We're starting to get excited!
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.Read more
What are Dr. Nick Savidov, Murray Hallam, and Angela Tenbroeck going to be talking about at the Putting Down Roots Conference?
Click here for the Putting Down Roots Conference Highlights!!!
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