Russ Feingold tours Nelson and Pade, Inc.®

MONTELLO, WI. -Russ Feingold smelled something fishy.

The vague smells of tilapia swimming in 500-gallon tanks — and of the fish droppings, which serve as nutrients for plants grown without soil or chemicals — filled the air Friday at Nelson and Pade Inc., a Montello business that was one of Feingold’s stops on his tour of businesses and industries in all 72 Wisconsin counties.

Feingold, a Middleton Democrat, is running to regain the U.S. Senate seat he lost in 2010 to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin.

One key component of his campaign, Feingold said, is to visit at least one local business or industry in each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. His stop Friday at Nelson and Pade in Marquette County marked the 26th county where he had visited a local company; the same day, he’d been to Princeton Audio in Green Lake County.

Feingold said home-grown enterprises like Nelson and Pade are the key to the prosperity of Wisconsin’s working people.

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New Aquaponics Certification Program

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Certified Naturally Grown (CNG), a non-profit organization offering peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers throughout the United States, has announced that they have completed development of a new certification program for aquaponic producers and are now accepting applications. Since June of 2014, CNG has been working in consultation with a group of experts serving on their Aquaponics Advisory Council to develop this new program, which will complement the certification programs CNG currently offers for soil-based produce and livestock farmers, and to beekeepers using natural methods. The aquaponic program’s certification standards and other details are posted at www.cngfarming.org/aquaponics.

“The development of this new certification program is a great opportunity for aquaponic farmers to get recognition for their efforts in raising vegetables naturally. CNG is an excellent organization with a long history offering certifications for farmers that grow food using ecological methods.” said Rebecca Nelson, co-founder and co-owner of Nelson and Pade, author of Aquaponic Food Production, and Adjunct Instructor at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point.”

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