Aquaculture Conference Slated for November 14

02-Oct-2017

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Brian Waddingham | Executive Director,Haley Banwart | Assistant Field Specialist

1-800-932-2436 bwaddingham@supportfarmers.com

Experts to share opportunities and strategies for entering into fish and shrimp farming

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 2, 2017 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting the 2017 Aquaculture Conference on November 14 to provide farmers information about Iowa’s newest emerging livestock industry. The event, co-sponsored by Iowa State University and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, will be held at the Quality Inn & Suites in Ames from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

“Aquaculture is a way for farmers to diversify and grow, especially at a time when commodity prices are low and acquiring land can be cost prohibitive,” said CSIF’s Executive Director Brian Waddingham. “We’re seeing an increase in calls from young farmers interested in raising fish and shrimp. There are some really exciting opportunities here in Iowa, but because it’s so new, it’s important to learn as much as possible before diving in. That’s the goal of this conference.”

The event will include a wide range of important topics for farmers to consider such as the opportunities and economics of aquaculture, rules and regulations for fish farms, permits needed to buy and sell fish and shrimp, marketing, production systems, water chemistry, fish health and shrimp culture. There will also be a farmer panel that will share their experiences and offer their insights on aquaculture.

The CSIF Aquaculture conference includes a dynamic line-up of speakers such as Carole Engle, with Engle-Stone Aquatic$, LLC.; Luke Roy, Auburn University; Matt Smith, Ohio State University: Alex Primus, University of Minnesota; Brian Waddingham, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers; Alan Johnson, Iowa DNR and Joe Morris from Iowa State University.

Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by November 10. A $20 fee will be charged for registrations after November 10. For more information and to register, visit www.supportfarmers.com/aquaculture2017 or call 1-800-932-2436. Space is limited.

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers was created by farmers to help farmers raise livestock successfully and responsibly. It’s a joint partnership involving the Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association, Iowa Corn Growers Association, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Poultry Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and Midwest Dairy Association.

The non-profit, non-partisan organization provides assistance to farmers at no cost. CSIF does not lobby or develop policy. Farm families wanting a helping hand can contact the coalition at 1-800-932-2436.

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