This page features links to important websites, research papers, grant opportunities, downloads, and videos that may be helpful towards advancing your knowledge and success in aquaponics.
Grant Opportunities in Aquaponics
USDA Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production Grants Program – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) requests applications for the Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (UAIP) Competitive Grants Program for fiscal year (FY) 2021. There are two types of UAIP Grants types which are entitled (1) Planning Projects and (2) Implementation Projects. (1) Planning Projects (PP): The estimated funding floor for PP is $50,000 and the funding ceiling is $200,000. (2) Implementation Projects (IP): The estimated funding floor for IP is $50,000 and the funding ceiling is $300,000. The funding floor means the minimum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. The ceiling is the maximum agreement funding amount for the Federal share per agreement awarded. These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not any specific budget period.
The primary goal of UAIP is to assist eligible entities with projects that support the development of urban agriculture and innovative production. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2021 will be approximately $4 million.
USDA – Farm Service Agency Microloan Programs – The focus of Microloans is on the financing needs of small, beginning farmer, niche and non-traditional farm operations, such as truck farms, farms participating in direct marketing and sales such as farmers’ markets, CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), restaurants and grocery stores, or those using hydroponic, aquaponic, organic and vertical growing methods.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Funding Opportunity Database – Search the NIFA website for all competitive Request for Applications (RFAs).
KSU Aquaponics Production Manual – A Practical Handbook for Growers, Janelle Hagar
Regional Aquaculture Centers – There are five RACs located throughout the country, and each produces valuable research reports, fact sheets, and other publications that are of interest to fish culturists.
World Aquaculture Society – The World Aquaculture Society (WAS) plays an important role in assuring the progressive development of aquaculture worldwide by meeting the increased global demand for science-based information and technology.
The Aquaponics Association – The Aquaponics Association promotes the benefits of aquaponics through education, conferences, and outreach.
FAO Aquaponic Design manual– This design manual is great for people wanting to get a better understanding of small-scale aquaponic systems.
Decoupled Aquaponics – A Comparison to Single Loop Aquaponics, New Mexico State University
The Symbioponics Aquaponics Method – Dr. Wilson Lennard – A precision nutrient mass balance method for sizing and managing aquaponic systems
Aquaponics Food Production Systems – Free 619 page Ebook with a huge amount of aquaponics information