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February 16, 2004

Purdue workshop on raising prawn for profit set for March 12-14

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The dates for a Purdue University workshop designed to provide aquaculture producers with information on the production, feeding, harvesting and marketing of freshwater prawn has been changed to March 12-14.

This workshop will be take place at Lee's Inn, Seymour, Ind., and runs from 1 p.m. on March 12 to noon on March 14.

"Any producer considering raising freshwater prawn should attend this program," said Charles Felkner, Purdue Extension aquaculture educator. "The program will offer solid and complete information on how to successfully raise prawn for profit."

The featured speaker will be Bob Boyd, owner and operator of Bob's Shrimp & Trout Farm of Cobden, Ill. Boyd is a veteran prawn grower and has been successful with the marketing of his annual production, Felkner said. Boyd will cover all aspects of the business, beginning with proper pond construction, sources of seed stock, stocking rates, and feeding programs through harvesting and marketing.

In addition, Boyd will offer ideas to growers about double cropping prawn with the same ponds. This program also will provide time for a question-and-answer session with Boyd during each presentation.

Advance registration is requested by March 10 and costs $80. Registrations should be sent to Felkner at the Purdue Extension Office in Morgan County, 180 S. Main St., Suite 229, Martinsville, IN 46151. More information is available from local Purdue Extension offices or by calling Felkner at (765) 412-2134.

Writer: Meggie Issler, (765) 494-8402, agnews-stories@purdue.edu

Source: Charles Felkner, (765) 412-2134, cfelkner@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu
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