Horticulture News: Third Thursday program this month focuses on aquaculture

By Keenan Bishop, Published:

A convenient and valuable source of informational hands-on learning is right here in our own county. For almost 20 years, Kentucky State University has been hosting workshops on the third Thursday of every month. Each month is a different, timely topic.

This month’s focus is aquaculture. One of KSU’s shining stars is its aquaculture program and some of the best folks in the nation are available to share their knowledge and research. The workshop is this Thursday and will be held at the Kentucky State University Research and Demonstration Farm, Center for the Sustainability of Farms and Families, 1525 Mills Lane.

Louie Rivers Jr., KSU, will welcome everyone at 10 a.m. First on the agenda is “Catfish Production” led by Dr. Bill Wurts and Forrest Waynne, from KSU ‘s Aquaculture Extension program. Dr. Sid Dasgupta and Richard Bryant of KSU will cover “Marketing Aquaculture Products.” Shawn Coyle, KSU, will discuss “Largemouth Bass Production.” 

Next, there are two programs, either “Aquaponics” with Dr. Jim Tidwell, KSU, or “Pondside Water Quality Testing and Demonstration” with Dr. Bob Durborow, KSU.

After a break for lunch, Dr. Boris Gomelsky, KSU, will start back with “Kio and Koi x Goldfish Hybrids.” Angela Caporelli, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, will discuss “Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Role in Kentucky Aquaculture.” “Pondside Aquatic Weed Control and Disease Management” is covered by Dr. Bob Durborow, KSU, as the last session and should wrap up by 3 p.m.

For more information contact Dr. Marion Simon, State Specialist Small Farm and Part-time Farmers at 502-597-6437 or marion.simon@kysu.edu or contact Dr. Ken Andries, KSU College of Agriculture, Food Science, and Sustainable Systems at 502-597-5094.

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