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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.


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

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Farmworker Health & Safety Education Program Update:

Well, we are right in the middle of the season, which means everyone is busy tending to their crops! But guess who else has been busy, Roberto Rosales, our Farmworker Health & Safety Educator for Wilson, Nash, and Edgecombe Counties. Roberto has trained over 1000 workers so far this season between the three counties! There's no farm too small or farm too big!

Roberto has conducted over 20 on-farm trainings and 6 extension center trainings to help assist in providing GAP and WPS worker training requirements to help growers and farm labor contractors be compliant with certifications and regulations.

Remember, it's a 90 minute session and it will cover the topics of Pesticide Safety, Heat Stress Safety, and Green Tobacco Safety. At the conclusion, you'll receive a copy of the training log of the workers present for your records and a certificate of completion to cover the farm.

If you would like to contact Roberto Rosales, you may do so at 252.883.5721 and email at rmrosale@ncsu.edu.

Important Dates to remember for upcoming Extension Center Farmworker Safety Trainings by county are:

Edgecombe: August 24, 2018 @ Livestock Arena: 1175 Kingsboro Rd, Rocky Mount, NC

Nash: August 31, 2018 @ Nash Ag Center: 1006 Eastern Ave, Nashville, NC

Wilson: September 6, 2018 @ Wilson Ag Center: 1806 S.W. Goldsboro St. Wilson, NC

All trainings will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at respective locations and dates! Be on the lookout for reminder emails in the days prior to each training event.

If you are unable to bring your workers to any of the events, then please call to schedule an on-farm training. This is about creating FLEXIBILITY and REDUCING interruption in your farming production time.

Thank you and look forward to working with you and your workers!

Roberto Rosales
Farmworker Health & Safety Educator
Wilson, Nash, and Edgecombe

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