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Aquaculture Boot Camp

Phase II: Enhancing the Sustainability of New and Limited Resource Aquaculture & Aquaponics Farmers with Innovative Training

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UW-Stevens Point has collaborated with Ohio State University, Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, and Nelson and Pade, Inc. to offer Wisconsin’s first Aquaculture Boot Camp. This project is funded by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture for training new and beginning aquaculture farmers in production and business in Wisconsin.

The goal of this project is to outreach information and training using both a classroom and hands on training approach along with industry mentoring to improve the success of new and beginning aquaculture farmers. The various trainings and objectives are as follows:


·        Provide tools for new and beginning farmers to enhance their aquaculture production success by developing and delivering production curriculum and hands-on practices.

·        Enhance the financial viability and business success of beginning aquaculture farmers by delivering business management and marketing strategies.

·        Strengthen success of new and beginning aquaculture farmers through the ABC mentorship and partnership with the industry via the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association, Nelson and Pade, Inc. and other partners.


To meet these goals, the UWSP Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, UWSP Aquaponics Innovation Center as well as project partners will provide an integrated training program, outreaching to various farmers or students using "3-I" levels:


1. Introductory: a general level where sharing of information to students or farmers was the goal. This includes visits to the UWSP NADF, UWSP AIC or another fish farm, sharing of information via calls or emails. 

2. Intermediate: a mid-level involvingparticipation in a variety of learning activities including aqua-business workshops (through UWSP or partners), attending the Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference or subscribing to educational modules and project updates.  

3. Intensive: in-depth level involving immersion in a year-long hands-on training and mentoring program which includes 12 in person courses, 3 workshops, 1 bus tour of Wisconsin fish farms, and aqua-business project. See flier for more information.








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This project will also establish an aquaculture/aquaponics internship program through partnerships to mentor new farmers in the Midwest. This will provide 6 internships per year involving apprentice-type training opportunities for new farmers by pairing them with established farmers.





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