Financial Assistance Programs: Workshop Presentations and Handouts

A workshop on financial assistance programs for shellfish growers was held on August 15 at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab. Co-hosted by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program and DACS Division of Aquaculture, representatives from two federal agencies provided information about their programs. The workshop agenda can be downloaded here; presentations and handouts are provided below. In addition, a video of the workshop will be made available soon. Continue reading

Hurricane Workshop Presentations and Marker Tag Program

A workshop on hurricane preparation and recovery for oyster growers was held Wednesday, July 31 in Franklin and Wakulla Counties by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Program. Presentations on oyster gear management, storm plans, and best management practices for shellfish gear are provided below.

A program to provide tags to identify and mark oyster gear was introduced. Commercially available, durable marker tags will be made available to oyster growers with 2018-19 aquaculture certifications in Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla Counties. Growers may choose from 3 tag options. The number of tags received will depend on the number of growers who participate in the program and tag style selected. Once a tag style is selected, the order must be completed and submitted by September 15, 2019. Order form and further information is below. This program was made available with Florida Sea Grant funding.

Marker Tags for Oyster Gear Program

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Understanding Financial Assistance Programs for Shellfish Growers:

A workshop on financial assistance programs for oyster growers in the Panhandle is being hosted by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program. The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab, 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for the delivery of federal farm programs to help producers manage risks and recover from disasters. The Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, provides financial assistance to growers of non-insurable crops to protect them against natural disasters that result in crop losses. Learn about coverage levels for the 2020 crop year, application deadlines, and new oyster culture policy provisions. Heather Boyd, Agricultural Program Specialist at the FSA state office, and Melissa Rodgers, Director of the Wakulla County FSA office, will be available to answer questions and introduce other FSA programs.

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps businesses grow and succeed by providing one-on-one consulting at no charge in areas of startup, business planning, market research, financial management, access to capital and other business-related topics. Mark Yarik is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional with the SBDC. He will present information about financial management and access to capital and how these relate to business startup and expansion.

You can attend remotely! The workshop will be broadcast live via the Zoom app. Follow this link to tune in automatically: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/124352462. When you click the link, it will download the Zoom software (free). Or pre-download Zoom onto your tablet, laptop, or computer—it is user-friendly. You can also download Zoom’s mobile app to tune in via a smartphone.

For more information, contact Leslie Sturmer at 352.543.5057 or Lnst@ufl.edu.

The workshop flyer can be downloaded here.

Videos and Handouts from Microalgal Culture Workshop

To address interest in microalgae culture and techniques for molluscan shellfish hatcheries, a two-day workshop was held on June 5-6, 2019 in Cedar Key. Dr. Gary Wikfors, Director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut, lead presentations and hands-on demonstrations. The workshop was co-hosted by Dr. Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer of the University of Florida/IFAS Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture Program with funding provided through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program. Continue reading

Hurricane Preparation and Recovery for Oyster Growers

A workshop on hurricane preparation and recovery for oyster growers in the Panhandle is being hosted by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 31 and is being offered at two times and locations – from 2:00 to 4:30 pm at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab, 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa, and from 6:00 to 8:30 pm at the Wakulla County Extension Office, 84 Cedar Avenue, Crawfordville. Continue reading

Microalgae Culture Workshop and Webinar

To address interest in microalgae culture and techniques for molluscan shellfish hatcheries, a two-day workshop is being held on June 5-6, 2019 in Cedar Key. Dr. Gary Wikfors, Director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, Connecticut, will lead presentations and hands-on demonstrations addressing the following topics: microalgae function, mass culture strategies, bivalve nutrition, chemical ecology of cultures, phytoplankton as bivalve foods, media preparation and aseptic transfers, and quantification methods. The workshop is co-hosted by Dr. Huiping Yang and Leslie Sturmer of the University of Florida/IFAS Molluscan Shellfish Aquaculture Program with funding provided through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program. Continue reading

Harvesting and Aquaculture Education Training Workshops

To meet the annual training requirements for shellfish harvesting, handling, and transportation practices as required by the National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP Guide Section II, Model Ordinance Chapter X), a series of workshops has been organized around Florida by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Aquaculture with assistance from the University of Florida IFAS and Florida Sea Grant. Following participation of the shellfish harvesting training, a signed certificate will be issued.  Continue reading

Microalgal Culture Workshop Postponed

The Microalgal Culture Workshop scheduled for January 30-31 in Cedar Key is postponed due to the continued shut-down of the federal government. Dr. Gary Wikfors, the guest speaker, is director of the NOAA Fisheries Laboratory in Milford, CT. He is a ‘non-essential’ federal government employee, who is currently not allowed to work. We hope to reschedule this workshop in the spring. Sorry for any inconvenience if you have made plans to travel to Cedar Key.

Oyster FARM (Financial And Risk Model) Calculator

Oyster calculator

Risk in oyster farming, as in all agriculture and aquaculture production, is any event that a grower cannot control but affects the grower’s operation. However, various types of risk can be forecasted based on historical events and trends. A financial tool has been developed using these findings, which allows oyster growers to generate predictive costs and revenues for their farms and investment situation. This Calculator quantifies environmental and economic risks associated with oyster culture using damage reports, grower estimates, and historical data. Developed using Microsoft Excel 2018, the Calculator is compatible with previous Excel versions. First, growers enter their individual farm information over a 5-year planning period. Then, risks based on probabilities determined for four counties (Escambia, Franklin, Levy, Wakulla) on Florida’s west coast are applied to determine potential net income values. The Calculator allows oyster growers to better understand how risk affects profitability. Continue reading

Cedar Key Water Quality Monitoring Stations are Operational

After almost two years of operational problems, water quality monitoring stations at the Dog Island and Gulf Jackson Aquaculture Use Zones are up and running! Real-time information is available for both stations and can be viewed at the Online Resource Guide for Florida Shellfish Aquaculture website by visiting the LIVE Water Quality pages. In 2002-03, monitoring equipment was installed at these lease areas and seven others in six Florida counties with USDA funding. However, lack of continued funding resulted in most of the stations being dismantled. In 2012, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Division of Aquaculture and UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program began jointly maintaining the two stations off Cedar Key, which were the ones most frequently utilized. Continue reading