Animals & Livestock
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Aquaponics is a system that combines both fish rearing and vegetable production to create a sustainable production system. Bob Rode, a Purdue Aquaponics Research Lab manager and presenter at the conference states, "Although it may sound simple, there are many facets to be considered.
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"Aquaponics is a relatively new discipline," said Bob Rode, Purdue Aquaponics Research Lab manager and a presenter at the conference. "Although it may sound simple, there are many facets to be considered. This conference is an excellent opportunity for potential producers to learn more about it and why it is so appealing."
Livestock Operation
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Hellbenders have been rapidly declining since the 1980s due to various factors, including poor water quality. Many ecological issues contribute to poor water quality, and one important issue we can focus on is how we use the land around rivers and streams. Livestock owners along rivers and streams can greatly reduce the impact of their operations on water quality using a number of different management practices.
Applications are being accepted for a 4-H program that gives teens a firsthand look at agribusiness management in the dairy industry.
While most agricultural tourists responding to a Purdue University survey indicated that agriculture is an important industry, those who said they had visited a livestock farm tended to have concerns about how animal feeding operations affect water quality in their county.
Smaller hog breeding herds and lower production costs could lead to modest profits for pork producers in 2016, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt says.
Purdue Extension has developed a pair of Web-based, interactive resources to help new producers and anyone thinking about starting a small-scale livestock operation to make critical budgeting decisions.

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