June 16, 2008
Indiana Promotes Aquaculture with Free Summer Workshops
Current and future fish farmers will have an opportunity to immerse themselves in information about expanding aquaculture markets at six free summer aquaculture workshops that will be held across Indiana beginning in July. These six-hour workshops--sponsored by Indiana Soybean Alliance, Purdue University Extension, and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG)--will feature both public and private industry representatives who will provide key information on how to start or expand a fish farm to meet the demands of this growing food market.
Program highlights include: updates on current Indiana aquaculture initiatives and opportunities; guidance on permits and regulations; instructions on preparing a business plan; tips on setting economic projections and managing cash flow; and a resource guide for area suppliers.
Attendees will also have an opportunity to tour local aquaculture facilities, network with leading aquaculture experts in the state, and gather vital information needed to grow and prosper in the aquaculture industry.
The workshops will be held in six different counties in Indiana. Here are the dates, locations, and topics:
•July 8, “Cage Culture” in Miami County, at the Miami County Community Building
•July 11, “Re-circulating Culture” in LaPorte County, at the Salem Chapel United Methodist Church
•July 17, “Pond Culture” in Floyd County at the Indiana University Southeast
•July 22, “Re-circulating Culture” in Frankin County, at the Franklin County Government Center
•August 1, “Cage Culture” in Posey County, at the Poseyville Community Center
•August 6, “Pond Culture” in Morgan County at the Morgan County Extension Offices Administrative Building.
The workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. with an hour for lunch.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program is one of 30 National Sea Grant College Programs. Created by Congress in 1966, Sea Grant combines university, government, business and industry expertise to address coastal and Great Lakes needs. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the University of Illinois and Purdue University.