Author: Brian Filipowich

Run The World — Our 2020 Online Conference Platform

The Aquaponics Association’s Annual Conference for 2020 will be on the Run World Virtual Events Platform. This exciting platform can host multiple session formats and allow guests to interact and make new connections! What a way to expand aquaponics to new frontiers!

Session formats include talks, panel discussions, virtual tours, and fireside chats! Guests can comment and ask questions in real time, and interact with direct messaging and chat rooms!

Do you want to present at the Conference? We need to hear from all voices! Presentations can be live or pre-recorded, and from as short as 15 minutes to an hour and a half.

Submit a Presentation Proposal

Session Formats Include:

TALKS — One speaker giving a presentation with the option of screen-share slide presentations. Talks can be live or pre-recorded. Attendees can interact through live comments, questions, and emoji reactions; and presenters can poll the audience and see results in real-time.

Talks can be as short as 15 minutes, or as long as an hour and a half! Now that we are breaking free from physical conference logistics, the possibilities are endless!!! 

“ASK ME ANYTHING” — 1 speaker receiving and answering live questions from attendees.

FIRESIDE CHAT  —  2 speakers having a live conversation in front of an audience. Attendees can interact through live comments, questions, and emoji reactions.

PANEL DISCUSSION  —  Up to 8 people livestreaming together with an audience.

VIRTUAL TOUR  —  Showcase a video of your system and answer audience questions!

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION  —  Up to 8 people having a private conversation so that all participants can engage and share their ideas. Do you have a topic we need to be talking about? Let us know!

COCKTAIL HOUR  —  Attendees are matched with eachother via virtual handshake and can connect through engaging 5-minute audio chats. After the party, they can choose who to follow up with through one easy click. Fun networking!

DIRECT MESSAGING  —  Throughout the Conference, guests can interact with one-on-one chat conversations!

Stay tuned for ticket information

2018 Conference Slide Presentations

Project Oasis: Optimizing Aquaponic Systems for Improved Sustainability– Todd Guerdat and Anna Devitto

Research summary of the University of New Hampshire research group on aquaponics. The presentation includes information on nutrient mass balance in aquaponics, economic impact of integration, and production of strawberries in the Northeast region.

Plankton’s Role in a Healthy Aquaponics System – Tom Zimmerman

Pictures and diagrams of the research method to observe microscopic organisms. The presentation also includes video links that go into further details on the research.

People, Planet, Profit: Aquaponics Triple Bottom Line – Tawnya Sawyer

An overview of the presenter’s purpose in pursuing aquaponics. The presentation includes education guidelines on making aquaponics farm sustainable socially, environmentally, and economically.

You Built It…Now What? Optimizing Your Growing Environment – Tawnya Sawyer

A broad overview of all the important factors to establish a successful aquaponics system. These includes source water and water quality; cycling and bacteria management; solids management and mineralization; selecting and growing crops; and pest prevention and recovery.

Energy Efficiency: Down on Your Farm – Stan Crisp

An in depth look of various energy usage in an aquaponics system. The presentation also includes information on different types of renewable energy.

AONE Farm – Shumin Wang

Pictures of AONE Farm.

Finding Profitability in an Everchanging Aquaponic Landscape – Ryan Chatterson

A guideline on running a successful aquaponics farm. The presentation includes information on how to market aquaponics products, connect with local markets, and more.

Sketchup as an Aquaponics Design Tool: Tricks for a Simple and Effective Design – Peter Hill

Instructions to plan out the layout of aquaponics farm using 3D modelling software, Sketchup.

Demonstration of a Small Scale De-Coupled Aquaponics System Utilizing Floating Bead and Bioclarifier and Airlift Technology – Paul Begue

An overview of an aquaponics system that utilizes de-coupled architecture. The presentation shows the different components of the system, specifically a closer look at the AST Endurance filter.

The Development of the First Zero-Waste Food Production System based on Aquaponics – Nick Savidov

An in depth look at the different types of mechanical filter, bio-filter, and bioreactor used to achieve a zero-waste food production system.

TDCJ Mark W. Michael Unit Field Force Urban Farming Project – Michael Mcleon

The presentation shows how aquaponics and hydroponics systems are used at Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Michael Unit to give back to the community and provide learning opportunities for inmates.

Related Resources:

Sharing Our Journey: From a “hobby-dream” Concept to a Full Business – Matt Randall

An overview of what factors that make the GYO Greens aquaponics farm in Florida succeed.

Trifecta Ecosystems – Aquaponics: The Next Generation Classroom Computer – Kieran Foran

An overview of how aquaponics could be an effective tool to incorporate STEM learning in the classroom regardless of ages. The many concepts and components of aquaponics can easily be adapted to different stages of learning.

Partnership for CACANA: Commercial AfriCAN Aquaponics – Charles Mulamata

The presentation shows the progress and future steps for aquaponics in Africa. It also includes an example of a small-scale aquaponics system in Africa that grows yams.

Integrated Pest Management: for the Aquaponics Greenhouse – Arvind Venkat

A guideline to control pests in aquaponics through the integrated pest management method or IPM. This method is science-based approach that combines different techniques to manage pests.

Other Sources:

Produce Safety Standards

Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding Food Allergens, including the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (Edition 4); Final Guidance

New USDA Grants for Socially Distant Ag Education

The USDA recently published a new grant opportunity: Innovating Formal and NonFormal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing.

See the funding opportunity on page 19 of the Request for Applications: USDA Social Distance Ag Education Grants

Applications are due August 20, 2020.

Grant Information Webinar is Tuesday, July 28: Register here for the Grant Webinar

Do you have an interest in partnering with the Aquaponics Association on this grant opportunity? Email us at community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org. We are also happy to write letters of support for aquaponics proposals.

Regarding this grant, the USDA states:

“This program area priority addresses the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal (e.g., extension) education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time. Funded projects are expected to develop tools, techniques, and other practices that can be rapidly adopted at home or by various educators and extension specialists to ensure the effective formal and non-formal education of K-14 students and youth development.

Help us Fight for Aquaponics!

The Aquaponics Association is a nonprofit that connects growers and works to increase aquaponic production. Please consider a General Membership to support this cause.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Regular newsletters
  • Access to Aquaponics Association Members Forum with chat groups and direct messages
  • Ability to participate in working groups to move aquaponics forward: 1) Commercial Aquaponics; 2) Community Aquaponics; 3) Aquaponics in STEM Education; and 4) Aquaponics Research
  • Exclusive web content like checklists, best practices, conference presentations and full conference videos from top experts
  • Legislative & Regulatory Updates
  • Special Member Discounts

Membership fees also support:

  • Development and promotion of materials to educate the public about the benefits and opportunities of aquaponics!
  • Development of industry standards and best practices
  • Infrastructure to connect aquaponic growers from around the world
  • Strategic partnerships to expand aquaponics into new fields
  • Ability to speak with one voice to policy-makers and regulators on issues like Organic certification, food safety certification, and agriculture policy
  • Resources to improve aquaponic growers’ skills, growing capacity, and business opportunities
  • Resources to cultivate and develop aquaponics as an emerging green industry

Learn more: General Membership

USDA Announces $4million Community Ag Grants

The USDA is soliciting grant applications from community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal entities.

Funding of approximately $4 million is for the purpose of leveraging USDA, state, local and private sector resources, to address local agricultural and natural resource issues, encourage collaboration and to develop state and local leadership and partnerships to assist limited resource and socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, ranchers, agricultural producers and communities through agriculture industries.

Head to the USDA Community Grants Web Page for more information.

Send us a message to community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org if you would like to discuss partnering on a grant proposal, or would like a letter of support for your grant proposal.

Quarter 2 COVID19 Economics Survey for Aquaponics and Allied Businesses

In response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), The Ohio State University and Virginia Tech are collecting information about how U.S. aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses have been affected by this pandemic. This effort is being repeated quarterly to try and capture the evolving impacts of coronavirus disease.

Click: Take the Quarter 2 Survey

This survey is being supported by funding from the National Sea Grant Office (NSGO) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Results from this study may be used to communicate the effects of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on commercial aquaculture, aquaponics or allied businesses to State and Federal agencies, in an effort to secure relief. Results from this study may also be published in the future. This survey will close on July 17, 2020.
If you would like a copy of the summary results, or have any questions about this study, please contact: Jonathan van Senten – jvansenten@vt.edu or Matthew Smith – smith.11460@osu.edu

 

Help us Fight for Aquaponics!

The Aquaponics Association is a nonprofit that connects growers and works to increase aquaponic production. Please consider a General Membership to support this cause.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Regular newsletters
  • Access to Aquaponics Association Members Forum with chat groups and direct messages
  • Ability to participate in working groups to move aquaponics forward: 1) Commercial Aquaponics; 2) Community Aquaponics; 3) Aquaponics in STEM Education; and 4) Aquaponics Research
  • Exclusive web content like checklists, best practices, conference presentations and full conference videos from top experts
  • Legislative & Regulatory Updates
  • Special Member Discounts

Membership fees also support:

  • Development and promotion of materials to educate the public about the benefits and opportunities of aquaponics!
  • Development of industry standards and best practices
  • Infrastructure to connect aquaponic growers from around the world
  • Strategic partnerships to expand aquaponics into new fields
  • Ability to speak with one voice to policy-makers and regulators on issues like Organic certification, food safety certification, and agriculture policy
  • Resources to improve aquaponic growers’ skills, growing capacity, and business opportunities
  • Resources to cultivate and develop aquaponics as an emerging green industry

Learn more: General Membership

Aquaponic Growers Eligible for Coronavirus Assistance

Multiple USDA representatives assured the Aquaponics Association that aquaponics operations producing qualified crops are eligible for financial support through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). The Deadline to apply is August 28, 2020. Growers are also eligible for Small Business Administration Programs.

 

By Thomas Wheet and Brian Filipowich

The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the American agricultural industry in unprecedented ways. Farmers have watched harvests spoil, been forced to destroy crops, and have euthanized livestock due to the shifts in consumer behavior. 

The USDA created the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist farms that have suffered economically due to the outbreak.

We reached out to the USDA to inquire about aquaponic growers’ eligibility for CFAP and received encouraging, yet somewhat inconclusive, responses. While aquaponics is not explicitly highlighted as an eligible growing method for CFAP, numerous USDA representatives assured our policy team that aquaponic operations producing qualified crops could receive financial support through the program. Because funding decisions will ultimately be conducted at the county level, both the Aquaponics Association and USDA personnel strongly encourage any aquaponics organization to reach out to its county’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to confirm that the organization meets all criteria required to receive support before completing the application process.

  • Deadline to apply: The USDA is accepting applications until August 28, 2020. Make sure to check with your FSA at your local USDA Service Center for any questions regarding the application process. 
  • Who can apply for CFAP: 
    • Producers of eligible commodities who have experienced a 5% or greater price decline due to COVID-19.
    • Individuals and/or legal entities that average an adjusted gross income of less than $900,000 in 2016, 2017, 2018. Make sure to check the CFAP website for additional eligibility guidelines. 
  • Eligible crops: Non-specialty crops, wool, dairy, livestock, and specialty crops are all eligible for CFAP. For a complete list, make sure to take a look at the CFAP website.

General Business Assistance Programs
In addition to agriculture-specific economic assistance, the Federal Government has augmented general economic relief programs so that they also apply to agricultural. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program offers $10,000 loan advances for businesses experiencing a temporary loss in revenue and have less than 500 employees. The loan advances do not need to be repaid.

The USDA website notes: “For the first time, agricultural enterprises are now eligible for the disaster assistance from EIDL. As a result of the unprecedented legislation, American farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural businesses will now have access to emergency working capital.” The website also specifically notes that “aquaculture” businesses are eligible. Eligibility for CFAP is unaffected by participation in the PPP or EIDL. 

Also from the SBA, the Payroll Protection Program offers guaranteed loans to support the payroll of businesses with less than 500 employees during the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately the PPP deadline is June 30, 2020 (the day of this posting).

What is the Economic Effect of COVID on Aquaponics?

Surveys have indicated that COVID19 has hurt commercial aquaponic growers. See: 1) Survey Results; COVID’s Effect on U.S. Aquaponics; and 2) Commercial Growers Hit Hard by Coronavirus.

We must do more to support commercial aquaponic growers during the pandemic so that we don’t set back our most efficient, sustainable form of agriculture.

Are you a grower that receives, has applied, or plans to apply for economic assistance through these government programs? Please complete this quick survey to let us know your experience, and if you have any questions or comments on the process.

Help us Fight for Aquaponics!

The Aquaponics Association is a nonprofit that connects growers and works to increase aquaponic production. Please consider a General Membership to support this cause.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Regular newsletters
  • Access to Aquaponics Association Members Forum with chat groups and direct messages
  • Ability to participate in working groups to move aquaponics forward: 1) Commercial Aquaponics; 2) Community Aquaponics; 3) Aquaponics in STEM Education; and 4) Aquaponics Research
  • Exclusive web content like checklists, best practices, conference presentations and full conference videos from top experts
  • Legislative & Regulatory Updates
  • Special Member Discounts

Membership fees also support:

  • Development and promotion of materials to educate the public about the benefits and opportunities of aquaponics!
  • Development of industry standards and best practices
  • Infrastructure to connect aquaponic growers from around the world
  • Strategic partnerships to expand aquaponics into new fields
  • Ability to speak with one voice to policy-makers and regulators on issues like Organic certification, food safety certification, and agriculture policy
  • Resources to improve aquaponic growers’ skills, growing capacity, and business opportunities
  • Resources to cultivate and develop aquaponics as an emerging green industry

Learn more: General Membership

USDA Powerpoint for $3M Urban Ag Grants

 

Yesterday, June 3, the USDA hosted a webinar on $3 million in competitive grants from the new Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The USDA states: “The competitive grants will support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production projects through two categories, Planning Projects and Implementation Projects. USDA will accept applications on Grants.gov until midnight July 6, 2020.”

The webinar included a powerpoint on the grants and grant process.

Click here to view: USDA Urban Ag Grants Powerpoint.

The USDA states that the grants will fund: “Activities that encourage and promote urban, indoor, and other emerging agricultural practices, including community gardens and farms located in urban areas, suburbs, and urban clusters; rooftop farms, outdoor vertical production, and green walls; indoor farms, greenhouses, and high-tech vertical technology farms; hydroponic, aeroponic, and aquaponic farm facilities; and other innovations in agricultural production.”

Let’s make sure some of this funding is directed towards aquaponics. Please let us know if you have questions about the grants or would like to collaborate with the Aquaponics Association on a grant proposal.

Contact: community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org

Do you want to help us promote aquaponics to the USDA and other policymakers?

The Aquaponics Association is a nonprofit that connects growers and works to increase aquaponic production. One aspect of this Mission is representing aquaponics with policy-makers like the USDA, Congress, and food safety regulators. Please consider a General Membership to support this cause with a $60 Annual Membership.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Regular newsletters
  • Access to Aquaponics Association Members Forum with chat groups and direct messages
  • Ability to participate in working groups to move aquaponics forward: 1) Commercial Aquaponics; 2) Community Aquaponics; 3) Aquaponics in STEM Education; and 4) Aquaponics Research
  • Exclusive web content like checklists, best practices, conference presentations and full conference videos from top experts
  • Legislative & Regulatory Updates
  • Special Member Discounts

Membership fees also support:

  • Development and promotion of materials to educate the public about the benefits and opportunities of aquaponics!
  • Development of industry standards and best practices
  • Infrastructure to connect aquaponic growers from around the world
  • Strategic partnerships to expand aquaponics into new industries
  • Ability to speak with one voice to policy-makers and regulators on issues like Organic certification, food safety certification, and agriculture policy
  • Resources to improve aquaponic growers’ skills, growing capacity, and business opportunities
  • Resources to cultivate and develop aquaponics as an emerging green industry

Please consider a General Membership to support aquaponics!

2020 Internship Opportunities

Aquaponics is growing, and the Aquaponics Association pushing it forward!

The Association has many exciting projects to connect aquaponic growers and advance aquaponics! 2020 is already a big year for the Association as many new initiatives, strategic partnerships and new Members are emerging. Please see below for information about the internship and the areas in which we need help.

Internship Details

  • Interns must commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week
  • Interns must commit to a minimum of 16 weeks
  • All interships are remote
  • Upon successful completion of the intership (160 hour minimum) the Intern will receive a letter of recommendation and two years of Aquaponics Association General Membership
  • Interns that start before September 1, 2020 will receive one ticket to the Fall 2020 Aquaponics Association virtual conference

  • To apply, send 1) a resume and 2) a cover letter or brief statement of interest to community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org

 

We seek interns to assist help in the following areas:

Communications & Social Media

  • Write blog posts and articles;
  • Coordinate Association publications schedule
  • Oversee and execute publications across media including the Aquaponics Association website, Member forum, Facebook, Linkedin, Instgram, and Twitter accounts; track and grow followers and viewership
  • Create monthly newsletters and membership emails
  • Stay on top of the latest news in aquaponics

Public Policy

  • Research and write posts, articles, or reports on agriculture, the U.S. food system, and public policies that affect aquaponics
  • Review the implementation of recently-enacted Farm Bill policies that affect aquaponics, including the establishment of the USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production
  • Represent the views of the aquaponics community to Congress, the USDA, and executive branch agencies that affect aquaponics
  • Study true-cost accounting, lifecycle analysis, ecosystem service-valuation, and related fields to compare the costs and benefits of aquaponics compared to other forms of agriculture
  • Research food safety and other laws and regulations that affect aquaponic growers, assist members navigating laws and regulations
  • Promote USDA and other grant opportunities to the aquaponics community
  • Research Organic Certification, the legal challenge to Organic aquaponics, and related labeling issues for aquaponics

Technology and New Media

  • Help improve the interactive Member’s area
  • Help create new interactive aquaponics resource database
  • Improve and modernize Association website, interactive Membership Area, and communications functions
  • Create interactive map for Members to post their aquaponic systems
  • Edit and distribute digital content, such as conference videos and webinars
  • Help plan and execute live online conferences and events

Aquaponics Research

  • Stay abreast of the latest aquaponics research, disseminate important research to members
  • Assist members in applying the newest research to their growing
  • Summarize the latest news about cutting-edge aquaponics projects
  • Understand and explain aquaponics concepts in water chemistry, fish health, nutrient cycling, filtration, etc.
  • Research and plan for an aquaponics research publication
  • Communicate with researchers and growers to identify research needs

Membership

  • Maintain and promote the Aquaponics Association Affiliate Page and its Affiliates
  • Solicit more Affiliate Members, maintain communications with Affiliates
  • Build Affiliate Profiles, list services, and create promotional posts
  • Utilize, promote, and drive usage of Association Member’s Area

Fundraising

  • Help identify, research, and communicate with foundations that support sustainable agriculture
  • Help research and apply for grant opportunities to fund Association activities or that could apply to Association Members
  • Help develop individual donor program and reach out to individual donors
  • help the Association and Members access the June 2020 $3Million in grant funding from new USDA Urban Ag Office

To apply, send 1) a resume and 2) a cover letter or brief statement of interest to community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org

Thank you for your interest in supporting aquaponics!

 

Weds June 3 USDA Webinar on $3M Urban / Innovative Ag Grants

This Wednesday, June 3 is the USDA’s webinar on the $3M in Urban and Innovative Agriculture grants! Let’s make sure funding is directed to aquaponics.

Click here: Register for June 3 USDA Urban / Innovative Ag Grants Webinar. (Scroll to bottom of page under “Additional Resources”.)

Background article from May 7, 2020:

USDA Launches Innovative Ag Office – Announces $3M Grants
By Thomas Wheet and Brian Filipowich

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill charged the USDA with creating the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (“Urban Ag Office”). The Farm Bill noted that urban agriculture can “contribute to the revitalization of abandoned or underutilized urban land, [bring] social and economic benefits to urban communities, and [create] beneficial impacts on the urban landscape.

After months of navigating the Congressional appropriations process, the necessary funding for the Urban Ag Office was finally signed into law in December 2019.

The Aquaponics Association reached out to the leadership of the Urban Ag Office and Congressional Offices to get a better understanding of the policies, funding opportunities, and timelines that will affect aquaponic growers.

Here is the Urban Ag Office’s Statement to the Aquaponics Association:

“Thank you for your interest in our efforts to stand up the Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service was delegated responsibility to implement the 2018 Farm Bill provisions on behalf of USDA and I have been designated as the Interim Director for the Office. We are working collaboratively with other USDA agencies to ensure they each have an equal voice in establishing the office, consistent with the 2018 Farm Bill provisions, and they are able to contribute in areas that fall within their respective missions and areas of expertise.

“As you are aware, the 2018 Farm Bill authorized $25 million annually for the Office. However, the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriation was capped at $5 million and limits the degree to which we can implement the authorized activities. We are moving forward with standing up the office and the external federal advisory committee that serves to provide recommendations to the Secretary, forging a path to establish the urban/suburban pilot county committees, and developing announcements for grants and agreements provided for in the Farm Bill.

“We are planning a series of webinars that will be announced soon that are designed to provide interested persons and stakeholders information about the establishment of the office and the functions we anticipate implementing. We will ensure we keep your contact information on file so you receive information about these webinars.

Then, yesterday, as we were about to publish this article, the USDA released a new, $3 million in grants for urban agriculture initiatives that will increase food access, agricultural education, and innovative production methods within urban environments. Stay tuned for much more information on these grants in the coming weeks, and mark your calendars for a June 3, 2020 USDA webinar on the grant process.

Click to see the USDA Press Release on the $3 Million Urban Ag Grants for more information and webinar registration.

Aquaponics is already taking the urban agriculture and controlled environmental agriculture industries by storm. While accounting for $19 million in 2020, the market is expected to climb to $46 million by the end of 2026 (that’s a CAGR of over 11.5%).  This potential impact, however, could be greatly increased with federal guidance, funding, and business support that the Urban Ag Office is intended to provide.

The following list highlights several forms of support that the Aquaponics Association will continue to advocate for on behalf of the entire aquaponics industry: 

  • Funding: Due to high startup costs, aquaponics can be unattainable for many individuals and/or communities looking to begin an operation. We will continue to advocate the new Office to support aquaponics initiatives with appropriate levels of funding needed to develop adequate systems that will lead to successful operations (both for non-profit and for-profit organizations).
  • Clarity surrounding policies: Though widely understood as beneficial, aquaponics falls within an agricultural ‘no-mans-land’ surrounding guidelines at the local, state, and federal level. This grey-area is partially because aquaculture, food crops, and other crops all fall under different regulatory regimes. Basically the big bureaucracy gets confused and can’t function, like a deer in the headlights. Whether in regards to food safety, greenhouse sterility, organic certification, etc., the Aquaponics Association will promote policies that match the operational realities faced by aquaponic growers across the country.
  • Defining value: Beyond the monetary value surrounding the produce and protein sustainably grown in aquaponic operations, there are numerous social benefits to localizing food production in urban spaces. From local job creation and educational opportunities about agriculture/nutrition, to decreasing municipal carbon footprints associated with the traditional agricultural system, the Aquaponics Association will work to ensure that Congress and the USDA fully grasp the true value of aquaponic growing.

Are there other items that you’d like to make sure that we address directly with Congress and/or the USDA? If so, please provide feedback.

Read Also: USDA Launches Voluntary Aquaponics G.A.P. Food Safety Program

Help us Fight for Aquaponics!

The Aquaponics Association is a nonprofit that connects growers and works to increase aquaponic production. Please consider a General Membership to support this cause.

Benefits of Membership include:

  • Regular newsletters
  • Access to Aquaponics Association Members Forum with chat groups and direct messages
  • Ability to participate in working groups to move aquaponics forward: 1) Commercial Aquaponics; 2) Community Aquaponics; 3) Aquaponics in STEM Education; and 4) Aquaponics Research
  • Exclusive web content like checklists, best practices, conference presentations and full conference videos from top experts
  • Legislative & Regulatory Updates
  • Special Member Discounts

Membership fees also support:

  • Development and promotion of materials to educate the public about the benefits and opportunities of aquaponics!
  • Development of industry standards and best practices
  • Infrastructure to connect aquaponic growers from around the world
  • Strategic partnerships to expand aquaponics into new fields
  • Ability to speak with one voice to policy-makers and regulators on issues like Organic certification, food safety certification, and agriculture policy
  • Resources to improve aquaponic growers’ skills, growing capacity, and business opportunities
  • Resources to cultivate and develop aquaponics as an emerging green industry

Learn more: General Membership

Presentation Proposals – Fall 2020 Aquaponics Association Conference

Dear Aquaponics World:

Get Ready for the Fall 2020 Aquaponics Virtual Conference!!

Due to COVID19 we are moving our annual conference to the Web this year. We are aiming for mid-October, 2020. 

We need YOU to share your experience and make the conference happen! Please fill out the form, below, to submit a presentation proposal. The Association will respond to your application within a few weeks. All presentation suggestions are welcome.

Presentations are due September 12.

We are seeking presentations in all fields of aquaponics:

Community Aquaponics – To advance aquaponics in the home, neighborhood, and non-profit sector

STEM Aquaponics – To advance aquaponics in the classroom, in STEM curriculum, and in all forms of education

Commercial Aquaponics – To increase the commercial success of aquaponic farms and overcome roadblocks facing commercial growers

Aquaponics Research – To advance aquaponics research and connect researchers at colleges and research institutions

Do you have a presentation that doesn’t fit neatly into these categories? Don’t worry, we still want to hear from you, let us know your ideas.

The Conference will be hosted on the Run World Virtual Events Platform. This exciting, interactive platform can host multiple session formats:

TALK — One speaker giving a presentation with the option of screen-share slide presentations. Talks can be live or pre-recorded. Attendees can interact through live comments, questions, and emoji reactions; and presenters can poll the audience and see results in real-time.

“ASK ME ANYTHING” — 1 speaker receiving and answering live questions from attendees

FIRESIDE CHAT  —  2 speakers to have a live conversation in front of an audience. Attendees can interact through live comments, questions, and emoji reactions.

PANEL DISCUSSION  —  Up to 8 people livestreaming together with an audience. Panel format can also be used for speaker panels or attendee

VIRTUAL TOUR  —  Showcase a video of your system and answer audience questions!

BREAKOUT DISCUSSION  —  Up to 8 people having a private conversation so that all participants can engage and share their ideas. Do you have a topic we need to be talking about? Let us know!

 

Presenter Guidelines Terms & Conditions

Presenters of pre-recorded videos must have the ability to record image and sound on their devices. Standard recording quality – such as for common video-chat applications – is good.

Upon acceptance of your program, you will be required to enter into a Presenter Guidelines & Consent and Media Release Form. By submitting a program for consideration, you agree and acknowledge that:

Presentations are given voluntarily for educational purposes. Speakers compensated according to the Aquaponics Associations Conference Guidelines and speaking engagements are not related to participation as event or conference sponsors.

The Aquaponics Association takes copyright laws seriously. Please be sure that you have clear rights to use all content including any images in your slides.

Proposal acceptance is based on the information provided at the time of submission. Any changes to content or speakers must be conveyed to Aquaponics Association in advance, and Aquaponics Association reserves the right to cancel or reschedule conference sessions based on changed information.

Presentations are not for the purpose of selling any goods and services, including your own. Solicitation of speaker products and services in such a way that undermines that purpose is prohibited. Exposure for your products and services should be provided via no more than 2 slides and/or up to 2 minutes of total audio time at the conclusion of the presentation.

If selected, you agree to abide by the timeline set by Aquaponics Association and meet all deadlines to the best of your ability.

You will have adequate computer hardware to support the relevant platform, including a microphone, projector and laptop computer for your presentation.

The Aquaponics Association may audio and/or video record your presentation and make it available for members and nonmembers, with or without charge. You authorize the Aquaponics Association to record, reproduce, and publish your presentation in whole or in part.

By submitting a conference proposal, you agree that you have read and understood you responsibilities as outlined in these terms and conditions, and that I will timely execute the Presenter Guidelines & Consent and Media Release Form, which may include additional and more detailed requirements, upon selection of my program.

Email: community@legacy.aquaponicsassociation.org

Survey Results: COVID’s Effect on U.S. Aquaponics

Researchers from Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Engle-Stone Aquatic$ conducted a formal survey to determine the effect of COVID19 on U.S. aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses, see: Commercial Aquaculture Survey Results.

And the researchers parsed out the data for aquaponics: COVID19 Aquaponics Survey Results.

Background

On March 23rd, 2020, Virginia Tech Seafood AREC and The Ohio State University Extension initiated an online survey of the U.S. aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied businesses. This survey was designed to capture and quantify the effects of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the aquaculture, aquaponics, and allied industries. The survey will be distributed at the conclusion of every quarter for 2020, to attempt to capture the evolving impacts of COVID-19 over time.

 

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