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Designed to provide entrepreneurs research based technical training in the fundamentals of aquaponic technology. This State-of-the-Art course will showcase techniques and practices that are being used at one of the largest commercial facilities in the U.S. If you are considering getting into this fast growing industry, you won't want to miss this opportunity to hear from the best.

About the course: Aquaponic systems are becoming increasingly popular, and more people are finding innovative ways to produce more than one crop in their recirculating systems. Aquaponic systems are recirculating aquaculture systems that incorporate the production of plants without soil. In typical recirculating aquaculture systems, the goal is to produce large quantities of aquatic biomass in small amounts of space and small volumes of water. In such a system, waste products can accumulate if not physically removed or otherwise filtered via mechanical or biological means. The organic buildup and metabolic byproducts can be reused in aquaponic system by a secondary crop; plants. Plants can grow rapidly with dissolved nutrients that are excreted directly by the aquatic species or generated from the microbial breakdown of the animal waste by the various species of bacteria in the system. In closed recirculating systems with very little daily water exchange, dissolved nutrients accumulate in concentrations similar to those in hydroponic nutrient solutions. These dissolved waste nutrients are taken up by the plants, reducing wastewater discharge to the surrounding watershed and allowing for more efficient use of the fish feed.

Instructors:

We are pleased to have leading NC commercial aquaponics experts from the facility at Lucky Clay's Fresh to lead the presentations.  Aquaponics Farm Manager Bradley Todd joined the team at Lucky Clays Farm in 2010 and began managing Lucky Clays Fresh in 2013. Todd was raised in Aquadale, North Carolina and spent five years in the Marine Corps. After completing service, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology and Earth Science from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While overseas in the military, Todd began his research in the fundamentals, engineering, and science of aquaculture and hydroponics, which ultimately lead him to learn about the process of combining the two into an efficient and sustainable farming system. Todd intends to incorporate bio-floc technology, Vermiculture, and mycology into an all-encompassing production flow with Lucky Clays Fresh’s established Aquaponics system.

Huy Tran is an aquaculture and aquaponics expert with more than 20 years experience.  After graduating with a degree in agriculture/aquaculture from the University Of Hawaii, Huy worked at and managed several area farms rearing Shrimp and numerous Marine/Freshwater fish species.  This included managing a 20 acre farm producing 47 different aquatic species used in aquatic toxicology testing. In 1997 he began work at Aquatic Eco-System (AES) where he remained for 19 years.  As Sales and Marketing Officer, he was responsible for production of 16 of the AES master catalogs and oversaw all technical sales and all marketing for the company.  Currently, Huy owns his own facility, Apopka Aquaponic Farms, and consults/designs for many aquaponic and Aquaculture facilities world wide.

Registration Fees

  • Aquaponics Short-Course only: $150 per person
  • Aquaponics Short-Course fee if you also register for the NC Aquaculture Development Conference: $125
  • Student rate: $80

Registration for the Aquaponics Short-Course includes a morning coffee break, a lunch, and afternoon coffee and soft-drinks. A short-course workbook is also included in registration.  Click here to register online for Aquaponics

Mar 7 2018

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Come learn how to use the electric pressure/multi-cooker to make healthy recipes to save time and money for your family! Contact the Wilson Library for more info or to register. This is a free event. Location: Wilson Library

Feb 26 Tue
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Feb 26 Tue
Wilson County Center, 1806 Goldsboro St S, Wilson, NC 27893 Wilson County Center, 1806 Goldsboro St S, Wilson, NC 27893 Wilson County Center 4 days away
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This is a one-day training course for growers on the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) standardized curriculum that meets the regulatory requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. To register please go to: ncfreshproducesafety.ces.ncsu.edu/2017/02/fsma-produce-safety-rule-growers-training/

Workshop registration fee:

$50.00 for NC residents.

$100.00 for Out-of-State participants.

The registration fee includes lunch, the Produce Safety Alliance manual and the certificate of participation. A Golden LEAF Grant is supporting this training and offsetting the registration costs for a limited time.

Payment can be made on the registration site via credit card (preferred) or by check.

Who should attend:

The Produce Safety Rule requires all farms that grow, pack, harvest and/or hold covered produce, making over $26,999 in annual produce sales (average over the last 3 years) and not qualifying for an exemption from the Rule to attend this training.

For a step-by-step guide of who needs to attend this training click here. This is a one-page document that provides a summary of exemptions under the PS Rule. Be aware that for exempt or qualified exempt farms that are not required to attend a PSA Grower training there are other requirements that must be fulfilled.

The PSA Grower Training Course satisfies the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in §112.22(c) that requires ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

Course information:

The trainers will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:

Introduction to Produce Safety
Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training
Soil Amendments
Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use
Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Post harvest Water)
Post harvest Handling and Sanitation
How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.

Benefits of attending the course

The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of:

Requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.
Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm.
How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm.
Parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one.

Participants will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) that verifies they have completed the training course. To receive an AFDO certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

For further information on the Produce Safety Alliance, please see: producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training.

For questions regarding the workshops posted, please contact Chip Simmons at 919-414-5632 or via email at odsimmon@ncsu.edu.

Feb 27 Wed
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Description: Woodland Stewards: A regional Extension program for landowners.


Getting to know your woodlands: A primer for beginners

Join other woodland landowners through out the region to learn about how you can take better care of your woodlands. This is a regional Extension course being offered in 5 sessions.  The first four sessions are webinars hosted by your local Extension center on Thursdays from 7-9 PM from February 21, 2019 to March 14, 2019. 

February 21, 2019: 7-9 PM   Getting to know your Woodlands, learn how natural and human forests have shaped the forest in this region and the importance of this knowledge when developing management plans and practices on their forests.

February 28, 2019: 7-9 PM Managing your Woodlands, learn about the basics of pine and hardwood management with tips on managing for the future.

March 7, 2019: 7-9 PM  Identifying and Managing Woodland Threats, learn about forest health with emphasis on a few basic pest principles, model example of each threat, and some simple practices to help ensure your woodland remains healthy and productive.

March 14, 2019: 7-9 PM  Wildlife and Woodlands, learn about wildlife and your woodlands with a focus on wildlife habitat requirements and enhancing habitat for game and non-game wildlife.

An optional fifth session maybe offered by the local Extension center. To participate in this course contact one of the following Extension offices.

Anson - https://anson.ces.ncsu.edu
Cherokee - https://cherokee.ces.ncsu.edu/
Cleveland - https://cleveland.ces.ncsu.edu/
Cumberland - https://cumberland.ces.ncsu.edu/
Franklin - https://franklin.ces.ncsu.edu/
Gates - https://gates.ces.ncsu.edu/
Harnett - https://harnett.ces.ncsu.edu/
Lee - https://lee.ces.ncsu.edu/
Mitchell - https://mitchell.ces.ncsu.edu/
Moore - https://moore.ces.ncsu.edu/
Pender - https://pender.ces.ncsu.edu/
Rockingham - https://rockingham.ces.ncsu.edu/
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