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, originally published by the Aquaponics Association The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively […]

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Systems Analysis of Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Aeroponic Food Production (HAAFP) in Six US Cities

Written by Blaire O’Neal, PhD, San Diego University I am excited to share the survey for my research project, “Systems Analysis of Hydroponic, Aquaponic, and Aeroponic Food Production in the United States. This research is funded by the United State Department of Agriculture and administered by myself, Dr. Blaire O’Neal, a postdoctoral fellow at San […]

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USDA Voluntary G.A.P. Program

By Tawnya Sawyer The USDA recently recognized aquaponics under their voluntary Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) program through the Specialty Crops Inspection (SCI) division. This program is in its pilot phase for audits and certification of selected aquaponics farms through the end of 2020. Having a set of guidelines for aquaponics helps to better align with the specifics […]

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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] […]

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Food Safety and E. coli in Aquaponic and Hydroponic Systems

This document is The Aquaponics Association’s response to a recent publication on E. coli in Aquaponic and Hydroponic systems. By Tawnya Sawyer; Nick Savidov, PhD; George Pate; and Marc Laberge Overview of the Study On April 6, 2020, Purdue Agriculture News published a story about a study related to the contamination risk of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Aquaponic and […]

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Indoor Ag-Con announces May 2020 conference keynote speaker sneak preview

CEOs From Aerofarms, 80 Acres Farms, Crop One Holdings Join Growing Speaker Lineup For May 18-20, 2020 Edition At Wynn Las Vegas PRESS RELEASE — Attendees will hear from CEOs, thought leaders and industry experts from today’s cutting edge farms and other innovative companies during Indoor Ag-Con, the premier crop-agnostic trade event for vertical and […]

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2019 Aquaponics Food Safety Statement

Originally published at https://aquaponicsassociation.org/2019-aquaponics-food-safety-statement/ The Aquaponics Association presents the 2019 Aquaponics Food Safety Statement, signed by over 130 organizations, including 98 from the U.S. This statement explains the food safety credentials of produce grown in aquaponic systems. PDF version: 2019 Aquaponics Food Safety Statement December 9, 2019Aquaponics Food Safety Statement Established Science Confirms Aquaponic Fish and Produce […]

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TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support USDA Urban / Innovative Ag Office

From the Aquaponics Association By the end of this week (Friday, Nov 15) please call or email your two senators and one representative and ask them to Support the new USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. In the next week or two, Congress will decide whether or not to fund the USDA’s new Office […]

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The Aquaponics Association invites you to sign on to Food Safety Statement

2019 Aquaponics Food Safety Statement Sign-on Dear Aquaponics Growers, At the Putting Out Fruits conference last month, we all agreed that it was important for our community to make a positive statement asserting the food safety status of aquaponics. Part of the motivation was that a major food safety certifier, Canada GAP, recently announced it […]

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The Aquaponics Association 2019 presents program for the September Putting Out Fruits Conference

The Aquaponics Association 2019 Board of Governors is proud to present the tentative program for the September 20-22 Putting Out Fruits Conference: https://aquaponicsassociation.org/conference-program/ The conference runs for three days and features: the top aquaponics experts from around the world; tours of commercial aquaponics operations; a vendor showroom; interactive discussions and social events for aquaponics growers […]

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Bad Certification News from Canada

A negative situation is brewing in Canada that could spread across borders and set back aquaponics’ progress worldwide. CanadaGAP, a government-recognized food safety certification program, stated that it will withdraw CanadaGAP certification for Aquaponic production effective March 31, 2020. Unfortunately, the decision appears to be based on faulty and/or incomplete information: “New information has come […]

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Aquaponics Association 2019 Conference

Conference Theme Announcement: Putting Out Fruits This year’s Aquaponics Association Annual Conference theme is “Putting Out Fruits”. Putting Out Fruits will take place in Frankfort, Kentucky at Kentucky State University on September 20 – 22nd, 2019. Head to the Putting Out Fruits homepage for ticket info. (http://bit.ly/2UuUzxz) The aquaponics movement is expanding rapidly, and the […]

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Legal action taken to force USDA to revoke certification of container, hydroponic, and aquaponic production systems

Center for Food Safety Files Petition with USDA to Revoke Existing Organic Certification for Nearly All Microgreens and Significant Volumes of Berries, Tomatoes and Leafy Greens BY THE COALITION FOR SUSTAINABLE ORGANICS The Center for Produce Safety delivered a petition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture calling for the USDA to Issue new regulations prohibiting […]

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Aquaponics Association features site tours as part of their 2018 conference

The Aquaponics Association is gearing up for their Putting Up Shoots 2018 Conference in Connecticut. This conference will feature tours of four different sites in various parts of the state. Attendees will be able to see aquaponics from different angles, such as commercial, research, community, food safety, and STEM education. The tours will include sessions […]

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