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MARSHFIELD - Wisconsin has more than 2,400 fish farms and the largest aquaculture industry in the Midwest, which is one reason national experts and others will gather in Marshfield next month for a two-day conference on the topic.

Registration is now open for the 22nd annual Wisconsin Aquaculture Conference, which will be held March 3 and 4 at Hotel Marshfield.

The conference will be preceded by a workshop meant to teacher farmers how to comply with state aquaculture regulations.

Among other highlights:

The state's Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection secretary, Ben Brancel, will welcome conference attendees.
State Sen. Tom Tiffany and Alice in Dairyland Ann O'Leary will address the audience.
Paul Zajicek, executive director of the National Aquaculture Association, will speak about industry challenges and opportunities.
The two-day conference will feature more than 20 vendors, a silent auction and a cooking demonstration with recipes that include Wisconsin-grown fish.
Other speakers will focus on cold-water and cool-water aquaculture, aquaponics, aeration, RAS systems, nets, workforce training, farm valuation, insurance and Farm Service Agency programs.

The theme of the two-day conference is “Moving Ahead to the Future,” which the state association says reflects its efforts to help farms become more viable while using environmentally sound practices.

Registration fees for the event are $115 for Wisconsin Aquaculture Association members and $155 for non-members with a late fee applied after Feb. 17. The fee for nonmembers includes a complimentary one-year membership to the association. To register online, visit www.WisconsinAquaculture.com, or contact Cindy Johnson at 814.515.2470 or cindy@WisconsinAquaculture.com for more information.

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