The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Aquaculture National Program 106 and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are interested in obtaining stakeholder input towards establishing aquaculture research and extension priorities to be addressed in their respective programs over the next five years. The first step in this process is collecting vital information and expert opinions from you, our stakeholders, customers, and partners on how Federal investments can best address current needs and challenges facing aquaculture production and health. Ultimately, this information will provide the framework for developing the next ARS National Program Action Plan and will assist NIFA in programming and directing research and extension activities. Information describing these programs can be found at these links for ARS and NIFA; a summary of 2013 listening sessions can be found here.
ARS and NIFA are inviting input from diverse aquaculture stakeholders in the United States on what USDA can do better to perform research on critical challenges and achieve new opportunities in commercial aquaculture.
The following dates and times are scheduled for online sessions pertaining to research and extension for different species, all are welcome to participate in any or all of the sessions:
July 24, 2018, 1 pm –4 pm (EDT): Salmonids
July 25, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Catfish
July 26, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Freshwater Finfish
August 14, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): General Aquaculture
August 15, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Molluscan Shellfish
August 16, 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm (EDT): Production Systems
Information will be distributed prior to the week of the sessions via email on connecting to the web-conference, and options for submitting input by email for persons who are unable to participate in the online session(s). If you are interested in providing feedback in one or more of the webinar sessions, please register by contacting Loren Coleman at Loren.Coleman@ars.usda.gov.
We look forward to positive and productive discussions with you as we identify priorities for the future.
Dr. Caird Rexroad III, ARS National Program Leader for Aquaculture
Dr. Gene Kim, NIFA National Program Leader for Aquaculture