Aquaponics, a method of integrated fish and soilless plant production, is a transformational global agriculture business practice that ranges from home-food production to large-scale commercial businesses. Aquaponics growth in the United States has been phenomenal, and is driven by the local food movement and safe, sustainable food production.
UWSP is a national leader in aquaponics education, offering the nation’s first semester-long college aquaponics courses and a professional aquaponics certificate (in partnership with industry leader Nelson and Pade, Inc.).
The college operates the Aquaponics Innovation Center —a collaborative , public/private venture conducting state-of-the-art research and demonstrations. The facility has six replicate aquaponics production units (one unit shown above) capable of raft (deep water), media, and nutrient film technique (NFT) production.
Additional resources include:
• Water chemistry analyses;
• Microbiology analyses;
• Purge and quarantine systems;
• Adaptable production units;
• Plant physiology and growth measurement systems;
• Insect collection, identification, and herbivory monitoring;
• Lighting manipulation and measurement.
The Aquaponics Innovation Center (AIC) is located in Montello, Wisconsin, at the business campus of Nelson and Pade. The AIC covers 4,800 square feet of a new, advanced controlled-environment greenhouse facility. Construction of the whole facility began in August 2014, and was completed in December 2014.
For more information, visit: www.aquaponics.com