Aquaponics program June 14 in Overton

OVERTON – Hobbyists and prospective aquaponics enthusiasts can learn from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts about aquaponics and aquaculture during a June 14 program in Overton.

The program will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1710 Farm-to-Market Road 3053. Cost is $60 per person or $80 per couple. Registration is on-site beginning at 7:30 a.m. and checks or cash will be accepted at the door. Lunch is not provided at this event.

Dr. Joe Masabni, AgriLife Extension small-acreage horticulturist, Overton, and Dr. Todd Sink, AgriLife Extension fisheries specialist, College Station, will provide information about the latest research results of two aquaponics systems and cover the basics on how to create and utilize these systems.

Masabni and Sink will provide an introduction to aquaponics and system maintenance and cover topics throughout the day, including aquatic species selections, basic fish culture requirements, and fish health and nutrition. The day-long program will also include hands-on activities, including measuring water’s pH, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity and hardness, and how to calculate fish load and growth.

A tour of Masabni’s aquaponic greenhouse will follow the program.

“This is a great program for homeowners who want to grow their own food and small-farm producers who are considering their own commercial system,” Masabni said. “Aquaponics and aquaculture are very popular production methods, and the information we will cover is in high demand.”

For hotel information or any questions regarding the event, contact Masabni at jmasabni@ag.tamu.edu .

 

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