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Land-Based Aquaculture Gaining Momentum in Midwest, Attracting Iowa Farmers

The forecast for global seafood demand suggests Iowa’s fish and shrimp farmers can expect substantial growth and market development in the aquaculture industry, according to experts at the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) 2017 Aquaculture Conference held this week in Ames. By 2030, global seafood consumption will increase by 100-170 billion pounds, and nearly...

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Aquaculture Conference Slated for November 14

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...

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Land-Based Aquaculture: Hurdles and Business Planning Practices

Increasing global demand for seafood has prompted many Iowa farmers to explore land-based aquaculture as a profitable and sustainable venture to grow and diversify the family farm. Several hog barns and school buildings across the state have already been converted to fish farming facilities, but while food fish and shrimp remains a big driver for...

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Farmers Reel in Business Opportunities at CSIF Aquaculture Conference

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – December 1, 2016 – The emerging aquaculture industry offers big market opportunities for Iowa’s livestock farmers. According to experts at the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) recent Aquaculture Conference, the high quality resources that position Iowa as a top producing agricultural state also make it a natural fit for...

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Aquaculture Conference Slated for November 17

Experts to share opportunities and strategies for entering into fish farming WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – October 10, 2016 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting the 2016 Aquaculture Conference on November 17 to provide farmers information about Iowa’s newest livestock industry. The event, co-sponsored by Iowa State University and the North...

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Responsible Aquaculture: CSIF Highlights Best Management Practices

As aquaculture makes a splash in Iowa, it’s important for producers to focus on neighbor relations and brush up on the rules that regulate this growing livestock industry. “Whether you’re a new producer or an existing farmer, it’s wise to plan for growth,” said Brian Waddingham, executive director of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers...

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Sink or Swim: Managing the Financial Risks of the Aquaculture Industry

For anyone entering a new industry like Iowa aquaculture, the opportunities are great, but it’s vital to ask some key questions first. “Do your homework,” said Allen Patten, a vice president with Farm Credit Services of America, who spoke at the 2014 Iowa Aquaculture Conference. “If you can answer these key questions, you’ll probably be...

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Aquaculture 101: What Every Producer Needs to Know

Feel like the waters for aquaculture farming in Iowa are uncharted? Iowa State University Extension aquaculture experts offer a wealth of tips to help you get your aquaculture business off to a good start. “There are some standard operating procedures (SOPs) to follow to help your operation succeed,” said Allen Pattillo, an Iowa State University...

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Lessons from the Tank: Iowa Producers Share an Insider’s Look at Aquaculture

When Mark Nelson looked at his old, empty sow unit a few years ago, he began brainstorming creative ways to put it back into production and add a new profit center to his Hamilton County farm. He and his cousin, Jeff Nelson, decided to explore aquaculture after talking to a feed system vendor who was...

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Assessing Iowa Aquaculture’s Opportunities and Challenges

The opportunity to diversify and create a new income stream is hooking farmers on aquaculture. Global demand for seafood is growing, even at a time when U.S. seafood consumption is declining, noted Chris Weeks, a regional aquaculture specialist with the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center and Michigan State University. While the world aquaculture market totaled...

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