Bettering aquaculture is a team effort.
If you stand on the edge of today and look toward the future of food production, it’s all about aquaculture. No other food system has the power to provide the protein, the prosperity and the predictability as aquaculture!
However, right now, aquaculture faces challenges–crucial ones.
Aquaculture’s obstacles are unique: sustainability of feed resources, profitability for feed manufacturers, efficiency for aquaculture producers, traceability for the health of consumers…and common to all these challenges is the health of the fish; is what we’re feeding them good?!
Prairie AquaTech addresses these hurdles by manufacturing feed ingredients formulated with plant-based protein. Prairie AquaTech’s flagship product, ME-PRO® protein ingredient, is a perfect example. But how Prairie AquaTech has been able to do what it does is a testimony to the company’s slogan: “Together!”
Prairie AquaTech is a company of extraordinary individuals, partnerships and associations, enabling the company to work locally but fulfill globally. Additionally, Prairie AquaTech works closely with aquafeed manufacturers and farmers to preserve a customer-first attitude.
Prairie AquaTech – Together, but two parts!
Prairie AquaTech comprises two vital divisions: product development and manufacturing. The AgTech Center focuses on research, testing and trials of innovative plant-based technologies. To accomplish this crucial focus, the facility is engineered to be one of the world’s most complete and adaptable aquaculture technology facilities, featuring:
– Fermentation (Reactor) units for protein production
– Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) for multi-species testing
– Feed mill capabilities for testing feed formulation and production
– Bagging and Palletizing equipment
– 700-square-foot laboratory and trained technicians
ME-PRO®, was refined and tested at the AgTech Center. ME-PRO is a plant-based protein ingredient that reduces aquaculture’s reliance on dwindling supplies of fish meal. AgTech Center researchers scale-tested ME-PRO samples from small, 5-liter batches to fulfill 5-ton feed trials! Utilizing the AgTech Center’s RAS system, ME-PRO also was studied on multiple fish species to assess digestibility and growth-stage performance.
For more information on ME-PRO go to the mepropowered.com website!
However, it’s the second division, the large-scale Manufacturing Plant, that sets Prairie AquaTech apart as a provider of aquafeed ingredients. Though currently under construction (online second quarter, 2019!) the 45,000 sq. ft. processing plant will be able to provide over 30,000 tons of plant-based protein per year.
The growth and scope of Prairie AquaTech’s work is proof of the passion, commitment and hard work of many, many people. Yet, it’s the focus on the good aquaculture industry that completes the company’s simple slogan that also serves as the company’s mantra for success: Together.