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6th Annual Oyster South Symposium

The 6th Annual Oyster South Symposium is being held on March 9-11, 2023, in Savannah, Georgia. Sponsored by Oyster South, Inc. (a non-profit dedicated to advancing oyster aquaculture in the southern US), this event brings together producers, gear suppliers, distributors, chefs, food writers, vendors, researchers, students, and managers from the southeast region to discuss pressing issues and relevant, practical research on oyster aquaculture. Registration is now open. Meeting fees are based on current membership and industry role. Current Oyster South paid members will receive heavily discounted registration! Don’t wait to buy tickets, as early bird prices will last until February

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USDA Meeting to Assist Growers with ELAP Applications

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host a group meeting to assist growers with the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP). FSA staff will be on site to assist with filling out ELAP applications and to answer any questions. Date & Time: December 1st, 12:00pm – 3:00pm EST Location: Estero Community Park, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd, Estero, FL 33928 Contact: USDA Farm Service Agency, Florida State Office, Savanna.Turner@usda.gov

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Online Workshop: Co-culture of Shellfish and Seaweed in Florida

This  workshop, hosted by Two Docks Shellfish and the Marine Biological Laboratory, will provide an overview of a recently funded Saltonstall-Kennedy award that is exploring methods for sustainable commercial co-cultivation of shellfish and seaweed in Florida. In addition to invited talks from experts in the field, the project team will update audience on current project objectives and engage participants in discussions about industry potential, regulatory hurdles and market challenges. See agenda. When: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 1:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Time Where: This online workshop will be held on Zoom. Please register here for details. Or copy and paste

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NRCS Hosting Aquaculture Focused Webinar

The US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), offers a variety of cost-share programs to improve on-farm conservation practices. To answer questions as to how these programs can benefit the aquaculture farming community, NRCS staff is hosting an informational webinar on November 16th (Wednesday) from 3:00pm – 4:00pm eastern time. NRCS staff will also address the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which has benefited shellfish growers in other states. Join the webinar here: Teams virtual meeting, no registration is needed. If the webinar link above doesn’t work, copy and paste into a browser this link on November 16th

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Hurricane Ian Updates from USDA Farm Service Agency

Loss Adjustments Waived The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced that loss adjustments for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) have been waived for growers impacted by Hurricane Ian. The waiver is not county specific, but grower specific. It is for growers in counties that have Presidential or Secretarial designations with crops where the entire unit acreage is destroyed or damaged to the extent the acreage will never be harvested. The counties where shellfish aquaculture occurs that have disaster designations are Brevard, Charlotte, Collier, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, St. Johns, and Volusia. Growers must notify USDA of their

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Online Seaweed workshop

Enhancing Marine Aquaculture in the Tropical U.S.: Methods for sustainable commercial co-cultivation of shellfish and seaweed in Florida Mark your calendars for an upcoming online workshop focused on the potential of seaweed production in Florida, to be held online via Zoom on Thursday, November 17, 2022. Are you interested in the potential for a seaweed market in Florida? Are you a regulator, buyer, grower, or researcher with an interest in this product for the southern US? Register today! What: A workshop to provide an overview of a recently funded Saltonstall-Kennedy award that is exploring methods for sustainable commercial co-cultivation of

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Monthly Inventory/Acreage Reports for USDA Farm Service Agency’s NAP and ELAP Programs

The USDA Farm Service Agency’s Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP,  and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm raised Fish Program, or ELAP, require clam growers to provide an inventory report at the beginning of the crop year, which is from October 1 through September 30 of the next year. For NAP, clam growers are required to maintain a monthly inventory. Monthly inventory records are to be kept up to date and submitted to the FSA county office by the 15th of each month for the prior month. Records are to be used for spot checks and in the

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Free Webinar: Seaweed Farming in the United States: Current Status, Challenges and Outlook

Seaweed aquaculture is an emerging industry in the United States. Several states are actively cultivating seaweed at commercial or research/investigative scale. Potential benefits of this new industry include job creation, increased revenue, diversification of products, and less reliance on imports. Despite three decades of research into developing the framework for domestic seaweed aquaculture, there are challenges preventing the industry’s expansion. This presentation will provide a brief overview on how seaweed (specifically sugar kelp) is cultivated, current challenges affecting the industry’s expansion, current efforts to address these challenges and current and investigative uses for seaweed. Date: August 26, 2022 Time: 1:00

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Sign-up for 2023 NAP crop policy by September 30

The Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) can provide shellfish growers with catastrophic coverage for losses due to natural disasters. NAP is sold and serviced by your local USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. To find your county office, go to https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Florida/index. The basic catastrophic policy (CAT) provides coverage at 50% of the value of your inventory at 55% of the FSA established price. NAP is affordable at $325 administrative fee for a CAT policy and FSA will waive this fee for beginning, veteran, historically underserved and limited resource farmers. Growers can purchase additional coverage at 50%, 55%, 60% and

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Large Predator Interaction Survey

ATTENTION FLORIDA SHELLFISH GROWERS Matthew Ajemian with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at FAU is studying LARGE PREDATOR INTERACTIONS WITH SHELLFISH AQUACULTURE and would like shellfish growers to participate in a research study. The purpose of the study is to better understand interactions between large predators (fish, sharks, rays, and sea turtles) and the shellfish industry in Florida. A survey, completed by shellfish growers, will help to identify the extent and types of interactions being observed around the state, and guide experiments to explore mitigation methods, should they be deemed necessary. It should take no more than 10 minutes to complete

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