Today’s Topic: N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference set for Feb. 7-9

by | Jan 29, 2013

Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Southern Farm Network logoIt’s the time of year when many ag groups hold annual meetings and conferences. Many of these events focus on traditional commodities such as corn, soybeans and cattle. But an upcoming conference in New Bern emphasizes a different kind of farming, one focused on fish.

The 2013 N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference is scheduled for Feb. 7-9 at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in New Bern. The theme is “Fish: Made in the USA,” and the conference will focus on the role of local, farm-raised fish in the American diet.

Keynote speaker is Chuck Anderson of Sousa Seafood, a Boston company that supplies ocean seafood to New England. Anderson, a longtime supporter and promoter of aquaculture, will discuss the public’s demand for seafood and how fish growers are helping to meet that demand.

Other speakers have a distinctly North Carolina flavor. They include Sally Eason, CEO of Sunburst Trout Farms in Canton, and Duane Stone, who owns Cedar Creek Fish Farm in Fayetteville. Aquaculture and conservation specialists from the NCDA&CS also will be on the conference agenda.

Registration and details for the conference are available here. And if you’d like to know more about how the department helps aquaculture producers, click here.

Click below to listen to the Commissioner and Rhonda talk about the conference and North Carolina aquaculture.

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