One of the most interesting companies we've gotten to know since launching our sustainable seafood series is Bell Aquaculture. This Indiana startup is producing not only trout, salmon and perch on a highly productive plot of land in rural Indiana, but also producing two types of fertilizer from waste products as well as fish food to sell to other farms. It's this fantastic story of vertical integration that we told in our 5 part video series we ran earlier this summer (click here to watch all 5 parts).
A month ago, I had the pleasure of re-visiting Bell on the opening day of their new feedmill operation. A feedmill, for those who aren't schooled in the nuances of farming is a machine that grinds grain and other ingredients to produce animal food. In the case of Bell, it means producing a wide variety of food, primarily soybean based, for fish. It's also highly customizable for any given fish depending on the age, species and other factors.
The event turned out to be a veritable who's who in midwest aquaculture featuring Bell's own experts, politicians, and representatives of industry associations. All of them had some great insights to share and I captured as much as I could on video, with the help of Bell's CEO Norman McCowan.
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Ed Note: Travel expenses to Indiana were covered by Bell.
Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit.
TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. It was acquired in 2017 by 3BLMedia, the leading news distribution and content marketing company focused on niche topics including sustainability, health, energy, education, philanthropy, community and other social and environmental topics.
Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He also worked for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.
Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.