Wisconsin Aquaculture Day a Great Success
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Nelson and Pade, Inc., a company in Montello, WI specializing in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture, was one of 6 fish farms in the state open to the public on Saturday, July 21, to celebrate Wisconsin Aquaculture Day, sponsored by the Wisconsin Aquaculture Association. Starting at 9am, people began arriving at Nelson and Pade’s aquaponic greenhouse in Montello, WI. Tours were non-stop, with people from all over Wisconsin and beyond. In addition to homemade cookies, courtesy of Mary Nelson, guests had the opportunity to sample aquaponically-grown salads and grilled and fried tilapia, grown in Nelson and Pade’s Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®.
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel encouraged consumers to join him in visiting their local fish farm on Aquaculture Day. Secretary Brancel joined Nelson and Pade, Inc. and was very happy to see the great turn-out…a steady stream of people, numbering in the hundreds.
The Wisconsin Aquaculture Association (WAA) is an industry-led organization dedicated to promote, educate and advocate for economic viability and environmental sustainability in aquaculture. In addition to the WI Aquaculture Day, WAA sponsors workshops, seminars and conferences on fish farming. Wisconsin aquaculture is an important agriculture industry and offers a healthy product to enjoy year-round. Fish are high in protein and potassium and low in fat, calories and cholesterol. When buying locally-grown fish, consumers are supporting their local farms and local economy. Wisconsin aquaculture has a $21 million economic impact with more than 2,400 fish farms across the state. Fish farms in Wisconsin raise fish for food, stocking and bait. Our state ranks first in the Midwest for aquaculture production.
Nelson and Pade, Inc. is the leader of the aquaponics industry and offers complete aquaponic systems, supplies and training for all applications, including home food production, commercial aquaponics, education, research and mission projects. Nelson and Pade, Inc.'s 20+ years of experience in aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture are reflected in proven system designs, successful operations, comprehensive training and knowledgeable staff.