CSIF Event Highlights Iowa’s Emerging Aquaculture Industry
03-28-2019 in Aquaculture
Contact: Brian Waddingham
WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – March 28, 2019 – The Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers (CSIF) recently hosted the 2019 Aquaculture Conference to provide information about the emerging aquaculture industry and the opportunities it offers to Iowa’s livestock farmers. The event, co-sponsored by Iowa State University, Ohio State University and the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, was held at the Quality Inn & Suites in Ames.
More than 150 participants attended the CSIF event to learn more about Iowa’s newest livestock industry. Like other livestock industries, aquaculture is diverse and complex because it encompasses a variety of different species and management systems.
According to experts at the event, the high-quality resources that position Iowa as a top producing agricultural state also make it a natural fit for aquaculture production. They also believe aquaculture can be a good way to diversify farming operations and feed the world. To view the presentations and video from the conference, please visit supportfarmers.com/aquaculture.
While the aquaculture industry presents many exciting new ventures for Iowa farmers, it also has its share of hurdles. Adjusting to a profitable scale is one of the major challenges, as well as marketing and identifying and managing risk. A fourth challenge includes navigating the environmental rules and regulations.
Successful farm business planning requires vision, a strong network of supporters and a plan for today and tomorrow. That’s why prospective fish farmers are encouraged to reach out to experts like CSIF for assistance with planning, siting and other business considerations.
“The same rules and regulations that apply to traditional livestock species such as hogs and cattle, also apply to fish and shrimp farming,” says Brian Waddingham, Executive Director of the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers. “If you’re considering aquaculture, we can provide you with the assistance you need to determine if fish farming is the right fit for your farm, and to feel confident about your decision to explore this growing industry. As Iowa’s livestock industry evolves to include aquaculture, CSIF is here to help.”
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 aids 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.