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Sunday Cultivating the Future Agenda

Check out the Agenda for Sunday, October 18 of The 2020 Aquaponics Conference, Cultivating the Future. On Sunday, Yemi Amu from Oko Farms in Brooklyn, NY will discuss aquaponics, food justice, and environmental stewardship!

See the Full Agenda: PDF Agenda, Sunday October 18, Cultivating the Future

Early Bird Tickets Ending October 2, Save $100!!!

Learn More: $149 Early Bird Ticket w/o Membership

Learn More: $199 Early Bird Ticket with Membership — Save 20% of Membership!

Full Program with presentation descriptions and speaker bios will be published October 9. Agenda subject to minor changes.

Did you know that teachers and community-growers are eligible for super-discounted tickets! Learn more about the STEM & Community Discount!!!

Learn more: https://aquaponicsassociation.org/stem-community-discount-tickets-2020-aquaponics-conference/

On Sunday, Amy Falcone from Bella Vita Farm will discuss their story of a successful startup, and then the challenges navigating through the pandemic.

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Saturday Cultivating the Future Agenda

Check out the Agenda for Saturday, October 17 of The 2020 Aquaponics Conference, Cultivating the Future. On Saturday, Dr. Wilson Lennard will be coming to us LIVE from Australia, to discuss the state of Aquaponics Research!

See the Full Agenda: PDF Agenda, Saturday October 17, Cultivating the Future

Early Bird Tickets Ending October 2, Save $100!!!

Learn More: $149 Early Bird Ticket w/o Membership

Learn More: $199 Early Bird Ticket with Membership — Save 20% of Membership!

Full Program with presentation descriptions and speaker bios will be published October 9. Agenda subject to minor changes.

Did you know that teachers and community-growers are eligible for super-discounted tickets! Learn more about the STEM & Community Discount!!!

Learn more: https://aquaponicsassociation.org/stem-community-discount-tickets-2020-aquaponics-conference/

Ed “Aqua-Eddie” Tivnan will be discussing his revolutionary Living Curriculum with Aquaponics!

Friday Cultivating the Future Agenda

 

Check out the Agenda for Friday, October 16 of The 2020 Aquaponics Conference, Cultivating the Future. On Friday, Liz and Georgie of Herring Gut Learning Center will be discussing Aquaponics in STEAM Education!

See the Full Agenda: PDF Agenda, Friday October 16, Cultivating the Future

Early Bird Tickets Ending October 2, Save $100!!!

Learn More: $149 Early Bird Ticket w/o Membership

Learn More: $199 Early Bird Ticket with Membership — Save 20% off Membership!

Full Program with presentation descriptions and speaker bios will be published October 9. Agenda subject to minor changes.

Did you know that teachers and community-growers are eligible for super-discounted tickets! Learn more about the STEM & Community Discount!!!

Learn more: https://aquaponicsassociation.org/stem-community-discount-tickets-2020-aquaponics-conference/

 

On Friday, Dr. George Brooks will discuss the Aquaponics Victory Garden!

STEM / Community Discount Tickets; 2020 Aquaponics Conference

The Aquaponics Association is a non-profit Member-based organization expanding the practice of aquaponics through education, advocacy, and outreach.

To fulfill our goal of expanding aquaponics, we ensure that all communities and practitioners have access to affordable conference tickets and Memberships.

Until October 2 OR While Supplies Last:

Early Bird STEM / Community Discount Tickets are only $79 through October 2 for the entire three-day 2020 Aquaponics Conference, “Cultivating the Future”, by the Aquaponics Association!

AND Discount Tickets can be bundled with an annual Aquaponics Association Membership or STEM Education Membership for only $99!!

Teachers can bundle their ticket with our new STEM Membership that includes new special teacher benefits!

The following individuals are eligible for the STEM / Community Discount Ticket:

  • K-12 Teachers — Includes TWO FREE Student Tickets!
  • Home Growers
  • Small farms with less than 10 employees
  • Small-businesses with less than 10 employees

DIRECTIONS

Please fill out form, below.

We will email you within 4 days with a link to purchase page and a code for purchase. At this point you will have the option for a ticket only, or a ticket-Membership bundle; and the option of a General Membership or STEM Education Membership.

Shortly thereafter, you will receive an event invitation email from the Run The World virtual event platform. Follow the instructions, create a free sign in, and you are ready to go on October 16!!


CONTACT:

Brian Filipowich; [email protected]

2020 Conference Speaker Information

**Please Remember to complete the 3-minute info form, below, by September 23.

 

Here are Important Resources you may use to give you information and help you navigate speaking at the Conference:

  • The 2020 Aquaponics Conference Promotion website: https://aquaponicsconference.org/ 
  • Run The World Virtual Conference Platform (where conference will take place): https://www.runtheworld.today/app/invitation/6000 
  • Here is a PDF Document Guide on how to be a Speaker on the Run The World virtual event platform: 2020 Aquaponics Conference Speaker Guide 
  • Here is a 4-minute YouTube Run The World Speaker Tutorial: 2020 Aquaponics Conference Video Speaker Guide

  • Here is a tutorial on the multiple methods to use Pre-Recorded Videos for your Run the World Presentation
    • This tutorial covers how to upload a pre-recorded video and/or to show a pre-recorded video at a specific time on the agenda. It does not include directions on how to record a video. All common file formats and methods that would work on zoom or facebook will work on Run The World, so there are many options. Stay tuned, we will provide some suggestions soon… 

Here is Important Information about presenting at the Conference:

  • All Conference Speakers are granted one ticket for the full day of their session. Your login will work for all three days. If you would like to view content outside of your presentation day, and it is within your budget, then you are encouraged to purchase a 2020 Conference Speaker Supplemental Ticket for $49. If your budget is tight, don’t sweat it!
  • You either already have, or will soon receive an email from Run The World with your Conference Login invitation. Please check your email and SPAM folder. Please follow the link and let us know if you have any issues. (Please disregard the auto-generated 10am Oct 16 presentation time, apologies!)

  • This year, conference content can be pre-recorded. Presenters have the option of pre-recording a session and adding a Live Q&A. (see instructions, above)
  • We will publish an internal draft program by September 25, and you will have an opportunity to provide feedback on your session time, title, and description.

 

Please complete this three-minute Pre-Conference Speaker Info Form:

 

 

 

Food Safety un-Scrambled

Food Safety un-Scrambled; Aquaponic Guide to Food Safety and Organics

Aquaponic, Hydroponic and Aquaculture farms can and do earn food safety and organic certifications.

By:  Juli Ogden, The Farm Plan President,  Farmer and GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer

The Farm Plan is an Affiliate Member of the Aquaponics Association

(Juli will be presenting at The 2020 Aquaponics Conference October 16-18, learn more: 2020 Conference Website.)

 

Let’s Start with Food Safety’s Bottom Line

The bottom-line in food safety is to stop cross contamination between animals, water, manure, people and materials.  

When cross contamination happens, people become ill.  Children, the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are commonly affected first.  Sometimes people die. 

More than 20 years ago, in response to a number of deaths, German retailers began asking for proof that crops were safely grown.  This movement spread across Germany and then Europe, eventually circling the earth. 

Today, in order to sell their crops to large buyers, farms around the world need a food safety certificate. The largest farm certification program is GLOBALG.A.P. but the rules are written in highly technical language with zero instructions.  Food safety documentation and certification is an over-whelming burden for already overworked farms. 

The important step is to prove you grow safe and healthy food.  Most farms are much closer to ready than they think!  They have some cleanup, organization, and worker training to do.  Many chemical storage areas need basic improvements.  With the right guidance, it all becomes clear.

OVERVIEW

When the Aquaponic Association invited me to create a comparison of food safety certification options for aquaponic farms; it sounded pretty simple.  You have probably had similar ‘less than realistic’ thoughts.  This topic is an entangled mass of programs with no clear direction. Once you read each program’s overview, I will offer supporting facts and personal experiences. 

Most farms harbor some fear about food safety audits.  For aquaponic farms this is emphasized.  Your industry is a ‘teenager’.  Your fears are increased by the very factor that makes your farming model  so efficient. Your grow large crops in a small footprint, even inside industrial buildings, use limited amounts of water and greenhouse crops are protected from most animal and bird contamination.

So many positives.  So why is it scary?  It’s the public’s perception of fertilizing crops with live fish.  Information is often the best solution to fear. 

Know that the fish component of your farm is easily dealt with in certification.  Fish waste is not treated as manure.  According to a letter received from a large organic certifier, “The NOP (National Organic Program) Standards specifically exclude all aquatic animals from the definition of livestock and since the definition of manure only pertains to material produced by livestock, fish waste, as produced in an aquaponic system is not determined to be raw manure and there are no pre-harvest interval requirements.”   

That was a bit hard to read, but effectively, is says that fish poop is not ‘manure’!  Manure is the basis for many rules in both food safety and organics.  I have this documented.

Farmers around the world are uncomfortable and downright angry with food safety’s increased regulation, extra work, and extra expense.  It feels unreasonable when crop quality is how the farm survives.  Why should a farmer report how much water they use when farming is much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears?  Water use must be “just right” for a quality crop. That is not the only regulation that’s frustrating.  Many of those rules were designed for farms in less developed regions, but they still apply to every farm worldwide program.

Buyers are educated in safe food. They demand it.  Large retailers and crop brokers demand a food safety certificate from processors who demand it from farms.  If that has not yet reached your farm, believe me, it will. 

So how do you meet all the rules and stay in business?  How do you know what is required, what your choices are, and what will work best for your situation?  I can tell you what I did to cover my cherry orchard when it became required in 2012, and how I’ve moved forward. 

First, let’s review program options.

NATIONAL  ORGANIC  PROGRAM  (NOP) 

Organic certification is a choice that may increase your profit line.  It is not a food safety program, but many required steps are duplicated in food safety.  When following a food safety and organic program “do it once and use it twice” is an honest win for all.

The National Organic Program certifies crops grown with no prohibited substances such as most synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Organic crops offer consumer health benefits and often sell for higher prices than conventional crops. An annual audit is required.  Organic farming on aquaponic farms is quite simple. Use only pre-approved materials and additives, keep good records, maximize biological activity and other techniques to manage weeds, insects and diseases.

FOOD SAFETY MODERNIZATION ACT (FSMA) 

FSMA is the only legally required food safety program that applies to certain crops grown in or imported to the U.S.  Crops eaten raw that do not go through a processing “kill step” such as cooking are covered by this rule.  The list of covered crops is long.  Crops which do go through a “kill step” are not required to follow the FSMA. 

  1. The first rule to recognize is that at least one person per farm must have earned a “Produce Safety Alliance” certificate and act as the trainer for the farm’s workers.    This is the total of all crops, human, and animal feed – not just “ready to eat” crop income.
  2. Farms” required to meet the rule include may grow, handle, process and/or store crops.
  3. Crops typically eaten raw, such as cherries, but sold 100% to a processor using a “kill step” (cooking, for instance) may become FSMA exempt.
  4. Water testing rules, as defined by FSMA, are under challenge from the farming industry and are “on hold for further review”. (Food safety certification also requires water testing.)
  5. A.P. certified farms may be less likely to be FSMA inspected.
  6. Farms with 3 year averaged annual income under $25,000, are FSMA exempt.
  7. Every farm has a “trainer” who attended a FSMA training course. They are responsible for on-farm FSMA training.

 

FOOD SAFETY CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS

You many notice food safety program names tend to end in G.A.P.  This is the acronym for Good Agricultural Practices.  The alphabetical program list that follows is really where your choices begin.  You will choose ONE food safety program. 

CANADAGAP is a well-accepted Canadian food safety program. There is annual fee, but commonly only a 4-year audit cycle.  Aquaponic farmers were at a loss over CanadaGAP’s 2019 decision to not certify aquaponic farms as of 2020Canadian farmers can jump this hurdle by certifying under GLOBALG.A.P. IFA.

  • GLOBALA.P. is the most widely accepted, GFSI approved food safety certification program in the world, with more than with more than two-hundred thousand certifications in 135 countries. GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms take very few extra steps to meet FSMA rules.  Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) is the most often required, top level food safety certification for aquaculture, fruit and vegetable farms and covers growing, harvesting, and handling (washing, sorting, packing, storing, etc.).  GLOBALG.A.P. certified sites meet the universal food safety standards endorsed and accepted by the largest retailers worldwide.  An annual audit required.
  • PRIMUS-GFS is a well-respected GFSI approved food safety certification program. Primus GFS certified sites meet the universal food safety standards endorsed and is accepted by the largest retailers worldwide. They have something over twenty-thousand current certifications.  An annual audit required.
  • SQF is a GFSI approved food safety certification program that offers certification to confirm an organization produces, processes, prepares and handles food products to the highest possible standards globally. Emphasis seems to be placed on certifying large processing facilities.   This author is not aware of any aquaponic farms certified under this food safety standard but it does appear to be possible.  An annual audit required.
  • USDA GAP HARMONIZED standard is approved and accepted by many retailers who require a GFSI certified standard. Audits are performed in (at least) the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.  Aquaponics may only certify under the Harmonized Program. An annual audit required.

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS SOMETIMES REQUIRED BY CROP BUYERS

  • SOP – STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES are written performance guides for each farm and facility process. SOP’S are a requirement for organic certification and some large crop buyers. Audits may or may not be required by the crop buyer.
  • HACCP – HAZARD ANALYSIS AND CRITICAL CONTROL POINTS “pinpoints” each farm process with a high food safety risk, performs an analysis of the risk and creates a management plan to ensure the problem does not happen. This is required by some crop buyers in addition to FSMA, GLOBALA.P. and /or National Organic Program Certification.
  • GOOD MANUFACTURING PRACTICES are similar to the SOP and HACCP above. It ensures products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards by minimizing risks.  This program often goes hand-in-hand with HACCP. Audits may or may not be required by your buyer.

IN MY EXPERIENCE

In 2012 I was required to GLOBALG.A.P certify my cherry crop. Those regulations did not include a single instruction.  How is a busy farmer, already wearing a dozen hats, supposed to get this job done with no guidance?. I outlined all 325 pages of complicated, overly academic regulation, page by page and the result was a rough food safety program.  My packhouse field man saw what I had done and had me to help the rest of his growers.  The gratitude for that training paved my path into food safety support.

Meeting the rules of food safety is not that hard when you know what they are.  The top points are to:

  • Protect your crop from cross contamination.
  • Protect your workers and the environment
  • Keep the farm clean and organized.
  • Keep track of certain jobs.
  • Answer it, now prove it is my mantra when setting up food safety.

By:  Juli Ogden, The Farm Plan President,  Farmer and GLOBALG.A.P. Farm Assurer

In an industry known for its complexity Juli is pioneering a way of doing things that is within reach of every farmer, no matter how small or how large. (BM)

On and off the farm with Juli Ogden:  Juli is happily married, still works on her farm but focuses on food safety consulting and public presentation.  She was a professional real estate expert, author and radio show host for Business Talk Radio and Lifestyle Talk Radio.  At the age of 32, Juli was named Washington State Small Businesswoman of the Year.  Juli is an industry acknowledged food safety expert and public speaker.

Do you want to support Aquaponics?

The Aquaponics Association is a nonprofit that cultivates aquaponics through education, advocacy, and connection. 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

STEM / Community Discount — 2020 Aquaponics Conference

 

The Early Bird has officially lost his mind!

Early Bird Conference Ticket PLUS One-year STEM Membership = $99

 

The Aquaponics Association offers discount conference tickets to STEM educators, students, non-profits, and community growers to fulfill our Mission of expanding aquaponics among all growers and populations. It is vitally important that teachers, students, and small, local growers have access to the aquaponics community and shared knowledge.

STEM & Community Discount Tickets for the 2020 Aquaponics Conference are $129 for the full three-day conference. Please see the ticket package, below. Early Bird prices of $79 are available until September 22.

The ticket includes:

  • ONE ticket for full admission to the three-day Virtual Aqua-Conference October 16, 17, 18
  • Access to all four Learning Tracks – STEM Education, Commercial, Community, and Research
  • Access to Aquaponics Virtual Booths featuring the best products and services in the aquaponics industry
  • Access to 100% of conference video content online in ALL LEARNING TRACKS through the end of 2020
  • Access to all conference visual presentation files through the end of 2020
  • Access to Direct Messaging, Chat Rooms, Live Polls from Presenters, and Virtual Cocktail Hour!
  • Ability to ask LIVE QUESTIONS to Aquaponics Experts from around the world!
  • Ability to make one 30-second recorded “Virtual Handshake” to network and meet new aqua-friends!

ELIGIBILITY
The following individuals are eligible for STEM / Community Discount Tickets:

  • K-12 students and college undergraduate students (***may be eligible for free tickets)
  • K-12 teachers or educational professionals
  • Staff of non-profit organizations with less than 15 employees
  • Personal growers and farmers with less than 15 employees

DIRECTIONS
Please fill out this 2-minute form: 2020 STEM / Community Discount Application

We will email you a code and a link to the STEM / Community Discount Ticket purchase page.

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

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 [email protected]

 

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 [email protected]

Thank you for your interest in supporting aquaponics!

 

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.

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Aquaponics Association Working Group Participation

In 2019, the Aquaponics Association Board of Governors created the framework for four “Working Groups” to focus on advancing distinct 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

 

WORKING GROUP FUNCTIONS & ACTIVITIES

Working Group functions are to:

  • represent the applicable field of aquaponics to the Aquaponics Association Board of Directors and the Public;
  • provide input to the annual conference program on this field of aquaponics;
  • moderate relevant Member chatrooms and conference breakout discussions;
  • maintain current information about this field of aquaponics; and
  • identify activities the Aquaponics Association can take to advance the relevant field of aquaponics.

 

WORKING GROUP PARTICIPATION

To join a Working Group, you must:

  • be a Member of the Aquaponics Association;
  • have at least one-year of experience in the applicable field of aquaponics;
  • commit to approximately 3 hours per month toward Working Group Activities, including Group phone / video meetings; and
  • commit to participating in at least 50% of Group phone / video meetings.

 

WORKING GROUP ADMINISTRATION

Each Working Group:

  • will have a Director, appointed by the Board, that reports to the Board and sets the Working Group Agenda;
  • will aim to have at least one Group phone or video call every 2 months to advance the Working Group Agenda;
  • may use the Aquaponics Association Member’s Area Discussion Rooms for day-to-day discussions and notices; and
  • will immediately begin planning for applicable program track for the Aquaponics Association’s Fall 2020 Virtual Conference.

Join a Working Group!