1-23-13 Pond owners to meet

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A multi-state conference for ponds, aquaculture and aquaponics will be held Friday and Saturday at the Martinsburg Holiday Inn.

This year’s conference is dedicated to private pond owners, plus commercial producers in the four state region.  The schedule is packed with nationally known speakers and presenters on a multitude of fish and pond related subjects.

Jim Hedrick, a fisheries biologist from the Division of Natural Resources’ Romney office, is scheduled to be on a panel moderated by Ken Grymala of High View on Saturday.  Grymala is vice president of the West Virginia Aquaponics Society.

Visitors can attend any or all of the sessions for just $45, which includes lunch on both days. Friday afternoon includes a tasting of local aquaculture products and aquaponic vegetables prepared by culinary institute chefs from around the region.

Friday evening concludes with a tour of the National Center for Cool and Cold Water Aquaculture in Leetown.

For more information and schedules, please see http://aquaculture.ext.wvu.edu/events, or call Becky Casteel at 304-293-2565.

The event is sponsored by West Virginia Aquaculture Association, the West Virginia Extension Service, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the PennAg Industries Association of Pennsylvania.

The conference will honor Steve Miller, West Virginia’s assistant agriculture commissioner, for his support of aquaculture and aquaponics. Miller owns a cattle farm in Hampshire County

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