AMES, Iowa — Aquaculture producers and those interested in the industry should plan to attend the North Central Aquaculture Conference Feb. 1-2 in Columbus, Ohio.
With 18 sessions and more than 50 presentations, the conference is regarded as the premier research and industry event for aquaculture in the Midwest.
Topics will include regulatory considerations, culture pond management, nutrition and feeding, percid culture and aquaculture best management practices. Two “Real World Farmer Experiences” presentations will also be held.
Joe Morris, professor and extension aquaculture specialist at Iowa State University, said the conference will showcase university research – but in a way that is practical and accessible for farmers.
“Aquaculture producers are looking for options that are well-reasoned and honest – something they can actually use in their day-to-day routines,” said Morris, who also serves as director for the North Central Regional Aquaculture Center, based at Iowa State.
Morris is especially excited about the farmer panels, which will allow producers to hear and learn from each other.
“Farmers want to hear what other farmers have to say,” he said. “They are the people who have to make payroll and stay in business.”
This year’s conference is co-hosted by the NCRAC and the Ohio Aquaculture Association. It will be held at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North hotel.
“The conference is organized largely by producers, for producers,” said Bill Lynch, president of the Ohio Aquaculture Association and a retired extension aquatic ecologist with The Ohio State University. “Our goal is equipping producers to move Midwest aquaculture forward.”
Registration is $150 through Jan. 21, $250 from Jan. 22-28, and $300 at the door. Student registration is $100 regardless of date. Registration includes two continental breakfasts, breaks, Saturday lunch, and the Saturday evening social and banquet.
— Joe Morris, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
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