Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Missouri Aquaculture Meeting

The Missouri Aquaculture Association Winter Meeting will be Friday and Saturday, January 8-9, 2016 in Jefferson City.

Friday, January 8
Friday’s activities will be at Hy-Vee which is at 3721 W Truman Boulevard. We have never met here but the store is easy to find since it is large and is just off the highway next to the mall. The meeting room we will be using is upstairs, above the dining area. To find it, just go to the deli in the front corner of the store and take the stairs that are next to the dining area. If stairs are a problem, there is an elevator on the other side of the deli towards the back of the store, next to the bathrooms. On the second floor, the meeting room is at the opposite end of the hall from the elevator. There will be three events Friday afternoon:

2:30-3:00 - MAC meeting
The four members of the Missouri Aquaculture Council will meet to conduct the business of the aquaculture feed checkoff.

3:00-4:30 - MoAA Board meeting
The Missouri Aquaculture Association officers and board will meet to discuss industry issues.

5:00 – Dinner

Russ Heindselman, a long-time fish producer from LaGrange will share some of the innovations he has developed on his farm. Come prepared to share the ideas you have implemented on your farm during a friendly competition for some great prizes.

Saturday, January 9
The meeting on Saturday will be at Lincoln University’s George Washington Carver Farm which is a couple miles south of the Lincoln University campus at 3804 Bald Hill Road. If you have trouble finding it the day of the meeting, the phone number at the Carver Farm office is (573) 681-5540.

The agenda for the Saturday meeting is packed and we are pleased with the great line up of presentations this year. We appreciate the speakers’ willingness to cover a number of important topics.

9:00-9:15 – Welcome, David Emerson, MoAA President, Crystal Lake Fisheries

9:15-9:45 – On-Farm Evaluation of Traditional and Non-Traditonal Trout Feeds, Dennis VanLanduyt, Troutdale Farm

9:45-10:30 – Algae and Control Methods, Brian Lind, Western Regional Sales Manager, Applied Biochemists

10:30-11:15 – Aeration and Water Quality, Roy Watkins, President, Air-O-Lator Corporation

11:15-11:45 – Missouri Department of Conservation Update, Brian Canaday, Fisheries Division Chief, Missouri Department of Conservation

11:45-12:15 – The Realities of RAS: Future of Aquaculture or Pipe Dream? Dr. Chris Weeks, Aquaculture Extension Specialist, NCRAC

12:15-1:30 – Lunch
Following lunch, there will be two options:
 * MoAA business meeting
 * Tour of the Lincoln University aquaculture research ponds and indoor fish holding facilities.  Some photos are online at http://www.lincolnu.edu/web/aquaculture-research/facilities.

1:30-2:00 – USDA APHIS Update, Parker Hall, State Director, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services

2:00-2:30 – The Realities of RAS: Future of Aquaculture or Pipe Dream? Dr. Chris Weeks, Aquaculture Extension Specialist, NCRAC

2:30-2:45 – North Central Region Aquaculture Center Update, Allen Pattillo, Extension Program Specialist, Iowa State University

2:45-3:00 – Industry Update, Dr. Chris Weeks, Aquaculture Extension Specialist, NCRAC

3:00-3:15 – What’s New in Aquaponics, Allen Pattillo, Extension Program Specialist, Iowa State University

3:15-3:45 – Fish Farm Composting for Managing Organic Waste and Recycling Nutrients, Dr. Hwei-Ying Johnson, State Extension Specialist, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension

3:45-4:15 – Missouri Department of Agriculture Update, Dr. Linda Hickam, State Veterinarian, Missouri Department of Agriculture

4:15-4:30 – Wrap Up, David Emerson, MoAA President, Crystal Lake Fisheries

We make an effort to keep the cost of the meeting low but could not do it for what we do without the help of our great sponsor, Skretting USA. They are well known for the quality feed they consistently provide the aquaculture industry. We appreciate the way they support Missouri fish producers with a wide selection of quality feeds and thank them for sponsoring our event this year. Learn more about their products at www.skrettingusa.com

Registrations will be accepted the morning of the conference; however, knowing how many people to expect helps tremendously with planning. Receiving registrations in advance and having a great sponsor are the key reasons we can keep the registration cost so low. As a result, a discount is offered for registrations received prior to Monday, January 4.  If you have questions, please call Vanessa at (417) 683-2301.

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