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Aquaculture Workshops Provide Hands-on Training

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
23 June 2010, at 1:00am

US - Individuals interested in starting a new aquaculture facility or expanding an existing facility will have the opportunity to receive direct training from commercial producers and financial advisors at Advanced Aquaculture Workshops scheduled for this summer and fall.

The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) is teaming up with Purdue University Extension, Indiana Board of Animal Health and the United States Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency to host a two-part series of aquaculture workshops featuring private producers, as well as public and private industry partners. To register, visit www.indianafishfarming.com.

“We want to offer advanced aquaculture workshops this year to provide specialised technical training directly from the people in the industry,” said Steve Hart, ISA aquaculture director.

“By offering hands-on opportunities followed by vital financial classroom training, we are providing our producers with the best tools and practices to advance their businesses.”

Based on their specialised interests, participants can choose to attend one of three on-farm workshops that precede a financial planning workshop in the fall. A $50 registration fee covers both trainings.

Each on-farm choice will feature commercial producers highlighting the technical day-to-day operation of a specific aquaculture system. Individuals can choose between cage systems, pond systems or indoor systems.

The financial planning workshop will take place on September 30 at the Purdue Cooperative Extension Office in Frankfort, Ind. The classroom workshop will outline essential financial tools and practices for all participants.

Through direct consultation from instructors and a take-home toolkit, the two-part workshop is designed to allow participants to come away with the ability to put together a complete business plan.

For more information, contact Megan Kuhn at 317-347-3620 or mkuhn@indianasoybean.com

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