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New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitors Center, 203 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA New Bern-Craven County Convention & Visitors Center, 203 S Front St, New Bern, NC 28560, USA New Crops & Organics 11 months ago

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

Mar 7 2018

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Description: Webinar
Raising Organic Broccoli in the East
Wednesday January 23, 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST

Eastern buyers are eager to source more locally grown organic broccoli. Fortunately, broccoli is well-suited to organic practices. Nevertheless, meeting that demand will require efficient production.

This webinar will cover management approaches for organic production that help production efficiency. The presentations include lessons learned by an all-star cast. Prospective growers will come away with a better sense of how to achieve success, and current organic broccoli growers are likely to pick up some useful ideas to increase their profitability.
•    Jeanine Davis, Margaret Bloomquist and Richard Boylan, North Carolina State University, experts on organic production systems
•    Thomas Björkman, Cornell University. Vegetable physiologist
•    Bryan Brown, NYS IPM. Weed management specialist and expert on organic weed management
•    Jill Eccleston, Cornell University, Integrated control of emerging insect pests
•    Organic nutrition for a nitrogen-hungry crop
•    Weed management in high fertility and short season
•    Insect management amid many hungry pests
•    Varieties suitable for organic production in the East
•    The market for organic broccoli
Join the webinar by clicking this Zoom link: on a computer, tablet or smartphone. To test your Zoom connection in advance, please visit It may take a minute or so to install the software.
To get the audio only on a telephone, call +1 646 876 9923 and enter meeting id 855304241
Sponsored by the Eastern Broccoli Project (a multi-institutional project funded by USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Specialty Crop Research Initiative). See our website at
Jan 23 Wed
Family Central Enterprise Corporation, 626 Ashe Central School Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640, USA Family Central Enterprise Corporation, 626 Ashe Central School Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640, USA New Crops & Organics 1 week away
Description: Have you heard that the 2018 Farm Bill has legalized Industrial Hemp as a crop, and that North Carolina operated a Hemp Pilot Program under the auspices of the former Farm Bill as well? Are you curious about whether Hemp could have a place in your farm’s crop rotations? Can growing Hemp generate a profit for High Country Farms? What do the legal and market landscapes look like for Hemp production in 2019? Are there unique risks or challenges in growing and marketing Hemp in the NC High Country? Find out the answers to these and related questions you may have at a free meeting on Hemp Production Information during the afternoon of Wednesday, 1/30/19, organized by NC Cooperative Extension. The Hemp Production Information meeting will take place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Community space of Family Central (626 Ashe Central School Rd, Jefferson, NC 28640) on Wednesday, January 30 2019. Featured speakers will include Margaret Bloomquist and Leonora Stefanile of NC State University’s New Crops & Organics Program (which has been growing Hemp as part of the Research / Pilot Program since 2017), Richard Boylan of NC Cooperative Extension, Dwayne Tate of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, and several other experienced local growers, buyers and processors from North Carolina’s emerging Hemp industry. Topics covered will include variety choices, production techniques, pests and diseases, legal issues to navigate, economics, and markets. To register (in order to be sure of enough seating and handouts), please contact NC Cooperative Extension’s Ashe County Center by e-mailing or by calling 336-846-5850. There is no fee for attending the meeting, and all interested growers from the region are welcome.

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Jan 30 Wed
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Feb 1 Fri
Crowne Plaza Asheville, 1 Resort Dr, Asheville, NC 28806, USA Crowne Plaza Asheville, 1 Resort Dr, Asheville, NC 28806, USA New Crops & Organics 4 weeks away
The NC Tomato Growers Association brings you the 51st annual Winter Vegetable Conference and annual tomato meeting. This is the largest commercial vegetable grower event in the region with a high quality educational program put together by vegetable extension specialists and agents at NC State University Cooperative Extension. There will also be a trade show and a fundraiser that supports student scholarships. A sponsored lunch and awards program will be included at noon on Thursday. Pesticide credits will be available for those attending.

Here is the link to the Conference Eventbrite page where you can review the agenda and register as a guest, sponsor, or exhibitor:
Feb 20 Wed
Mission Health / A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Dr, Asheville, NC 28801, USA Mission Health / A-B Tech Conference Center, 16 Fernihurst Dr, Asheville, NC 28801, USA New Crops & Organics 1 month away
ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference brings together professional farmers from across the Southeast region to network and share resources to grow their farm businesses. At the conference farmers learn about marketing, business planning, branding, and management from regional experts and innovative farmers. The conference is designed for beginning and established farmers, and those seriously considering farming as a profession.

To register and for complete information, visit
Feb 23 Sat
Mars Hill University, 100 Athletic St, Mars Hill, NC 28754, USA Mars Hill University, 100 Athletic St, Mars Hill, NC 28754, USA New Crops & Organics 1 month away
Description: This long running event will be held at a new location this year! Join us at Mars Hill University for a weekend packed full of educational programming for organic gardeners, homesteaders, farmers, and everyone else interested in these topics. More information can be found at:
Mar 8 Fri