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Japan firm seeks to spawn salmon farm revolution

Tetsuro Sogo hopes Japan can one day overtake Norway as the biggest producer of salmon. (Photo: AFP/Farzaneh Khademian)

Hoping that one day this will allow cost-effective inland farming of salmon, and enable Japanese to buy the homegrown fish for their sushi.

Channel News Asia
Feb 28, 2018


After a test run last year, which produced one tonne of salmon that was sold to a major supermarket in Tokyo, Sogo plans to have a larger pilot facility up and running by July in Chiba, near Tokyo, producing 30 tonnes a year.

By 2020, the firm is aiming for a commercial plant capable of producing 1,500 tonnes of sushi-ready salmon.

Sogo is far from the only salmon farmer in Japan: in 2015, the central city of Imizu started farming “sakura-masu” or “cherry blossom salmon”, named for their delicate colour.

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March 9, 2018   No Comments

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture launches new AGRI urban agriculture grant

$250,000 in grant funding for urban youth agricultural education or urban agriculture community development

Minnesota Department of Agriculture
March 2, 2018

“The AGRI Urban Agriculture grants offer an exciting opportunity to introduce kids and youth to agriculture before they leave the K-12 school system,” said grant administrator Erin Connell. “Urban Ag funds can be used in a wide variety of ways as long as they teach youth in urban areas about agriculture, or assist in community development through agriculture. It would be great to see people using funds to build teaching labs, facilitate on-the-job ag-related training, or even to start an urban 4-H club or FFA chapter.”

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