September 20-22, Frankfort

US (KY): Annual conference puts out “fruits” to advance the practice of aquaponics

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 Aquaponics Association’s annual conferences are growing along with it. Two years ago we were in Portland, Oregon for 'Putting Down Roots'; and last year we were in Hartford, Connecticut for 'Putting Up Shoots'. Finally, this year’s theme reflects the culmination of our journey as we take the next step learning and growing together. We will produce tangible 'fruits' to advance the practice of aquaponics, both for individual growers and for the aquaponics movement as a whole", said Kate Wildrick, Senior Advisor & Conference Planner with the Aquaponics Association.

A major component of the Conference will be the tour and interactive session at the KSU Aquaculture Research Center. This Center hosts one of the most advanced aquaculture research programs in the nation, including indoor aquaponics research systems, saltwater aquaponics research, a 30’ x 70’ aquaponics demonstration greenhouse, a 10,000sq foot recirculating aquaculture research building, and 33 research ponds.

This year’s content will focus around the following topics:

  • Integrated pest management
  • Nutrient deficiencies and nutrient supplementation
  • STEM curriculum and classroom aquaponics
  • Growing cannabis in controlled environments
  • Food safety
  • Organic certification
  • International case studies
  • “Green” solution applications
  • Successes with higher risk / higher reward and non-typical crops in aquaponics
  • Post-secondary aquaponics research

Conference attendees will walk away with cutting edge information, new connections and a greater understanding of core knowledge and best practices. In addition to farm-to-table tours and hands-on activities, learning tracks will focus on Aquaponics Research, STEM Education, hobby/home aquaponics, commercial farming, and community-based endeavors. Interactive sessions will allow all participants to discuss and plan what they can do together to advance aquaponics.

As always, the Conference will feature top aquaponics experts and a vendor showroom of aquaponics technology and services.

The Aquaponics Association is also still looking for presenters to cover the following topics: aquaculture and fish diseases (recognition and treatment); filtration and biofiltration; automation of aquaponics systems (feeding, monitoring, etc.); and case studies of successful small / medium / large growing facilities. Please submit presentation proposals by July 15.

To purchase your ticket and/or to submit a presentation proposal, please visit https://aquaponicsassociation.org/2019-conference/.


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