Aquaculture Conference Slated for March 22-23

02-18-2019 in Aquaculture

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

The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) is hosting the 2019 Aquaculture Conference on March 22 – 23 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 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday and from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.

“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 are continuing to receive 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.

The CSIF Aquaculture conference includes a dynamic line-up of speakers such as Carole Engle, with Engle-Stone Aquatic$, LLC.; Matt Smith, Ohio State University; Brian Tapp, Iowa State University; Scott Platt, Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals; Brian Waddingham, Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers; and Joe Morris from Iowa State University.

Registration, including a complimentary lunch, is free if completed by March 15. A $20 fee will be charged for registrations after March 15. For more information and to register, visit 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 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 800.932.2436.

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