AUBURN – Teach a man to raise fish – and grow plants – and you’ll help feed his family and fellow citizens for a lifetime. That’s a new twist being applied to the age-old proverb at Auburn University, where researchers are combining fish farming and horticulture to help Alabama farmers find new income streams.
Jesse Chappell, associate professor in the Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures and specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, is working with professor Jeff Sibley of the Department of Horticulture on the use of fish greenhouse wastewater to fertilize plants in an adjacent greenhouse.
“We want to provide an opportunity for farmers to have more on-farm income,” Chappell said. “We are seeking ways to produce plants more economically through new opportunities.”
AUBURN – Auburn University fisheries professor Rex Dunham, true to his school’s land-grant mission, conducts research with the goal of helping catfish farmers and local communities sustain their way of life.
“The goal is to serve the entire catfish farming industry and local communities,” said Dunham, who recently won Auburn’s Creative Research and Scholarship Award. “In addition to helping the farms in rural west Alabama, research helps the processing plants, which employ a lot of people, and there is an indirect impact on the local businesses. These include tractor parts suppliers, restaurants, any type of local shop. Hopefully, the impact of that research helps make that way of life sustainable.”
AUBURN – The government of China has recognized Auburn University’s Department of Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures as housing the premier program of its type in the world.
Out of that recognition has emerged a partnership between AU and the university housing China’s most prestigious fisheries programs.
The recognition is part of a Chinese initiative to establish educational partnerships with institutions worldwide that carry the distinction of premier universities in select fields, which China has deemed of major importance to the country’s economic and cultural development.