Aquaculture and Soilless Farming

Oyster aquaculture

Aquaculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics, and even vertical farming are emerging production technologies that do not use soil as a medium. Find resources related to:

Regional Aquaculture Centers (RACs)

The mission of the RACs is to support aquaculture research, development, demonstration, and extension education to enhance viable and profitable U.S. aquaculture production to benefit consumers, producers, service industries, and the American economy.

Controlled Environment Agriculture

Cornell University. Biological and Environmental Engineering.

Research and information on production and horticultural requirements, system design especially light and energy requirements, and business and marketing techniques.

The Vertical Farm

From Dr. Dickson Despommier, of the Environmental Health Science of Columbia University and the originator of the modern concept of vertical farming, this site has information about the basic ideas, designs, media coverage and the latest news on this project.


Agricultural Marking Resource Center.

Presents an overview of aquaponics, lists advantages over conventional crop production systems, and describes four plant growth subsystems: Ebb and Flow; Deep-water culture; Nutrient Film Technique; and Drip Irrigation.

Recirculating Aquaculture Tank Production Systems: Aquaponics—Integrating Fish and Plant Culture

Southern Regional Aquaculture Center.

An overview of aquaponics production including system design, plant and fish production, nutrient dynamics and economics.

A Practical Guide for Aquaponics as an Alternative Enterprise

University of Florida. Extension Service.

This guide discusses fish and plant selection; production methods; water sources and quality considerations; system sizing and startup; plant environment and nutrient solutions; fish health; marketing; postharvest handling; food safety considerations; and Florida regulations.

Closed-Loop Aquaponic Growing System Combines Land And Lake

Iowa Public Television. Market to Market.

In this Iowa Public Television segment, Josh Buettner interviews Cooperative Extension agents about aquaponics systems, market opportunities and information resources for farmers.