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Fishy Finances: Tips for Funding Your Fish Farm

November 17, 2021 – Join us for a webinar to learn about grant and loan financing options for aspiring fish farmers!

NOTE This event occurs in the past
  • Time:Nov 17 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, 2021
  • Event Organizer:Nicole Wright | Contact Host
  • Event Category:Webinars | Show Similar

Join the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative and Ohio Sea Grant for a free webinar to learn about grant and loan financing options for aspiring and experienced fish farmers.

A common hurdle for small to mid-sized fish farms is financing the operation. Have no fear, the GLAC team is here to help! Join us with a panel of experts to discuss your options, whether you are a potential producer looking for start-up capital or an experienced producer looking to expand or improve your operation.

Our expert panelists will discuss:

  • Grant programs for existing farmers to answer pressing questions and improve technologies and sustainability
  • Financing for new operations or expanding existing operations
  • Federal funding opportunities to start or enhance operations

Expected audiences include fish producers and community members. Participants within the Great Lakes region are especially encouraged to attend, but all are welcome!

State-Based Financing Options for Fish Farms

Stephen Nehrig, Senior Financial Officer
Farm Credit Mid-America

Steve been with Farm Credit Mid-America for 32 years. The past 23 years he has been a loan officer in the Williamsport, Indiana branch office. He is a 1986 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Grant Opportunities in the North Central Region

Joan Benjamin, Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator and Associate Regional Coordinator
North Central SARE

Federal Grant and Loan Programs to Support Sustainable Aquaculture

Dr. Tim Sullivan, National Program Leader of Animal Production Systems
Andrew Jermolowicz, Director, Business Development Division
USDA Rural Development

Dr. Tim Sullivan is a National Program Leader of Animal Production Systems at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture where he provides leadership for programs in aquaculture, animal health, and biotechnology. Before joining NIFA, Tim was a fishery research scientist at the Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute.

Andrew Jermolowicz serves as the Director of the Business Development Division, overseeing the Cooperative Services and Public Private Partnerships branches and leading the development and execution of policies and strategies to better engage in collaboration with other Federal partners, private-sector companies and other stakeholders to support economic development in rural communities. Since 1986, Jermolowicz has served in multiple program and policy positions within Rural Development and maintains interests in rural business development, value added agriculture, food systems marketing and biobased economic development. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Agriculture Economics from the University of Kentucky.

This webinar is brought to you by the Great Lakes Aquaculture Collaborative and hosted by Ohio Sea Grant.
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