USTFA Fall Conference 2021

2021 Fall Conference

September 8-10, 2021 – Branson, Missouri

Radisson Hotel Branson

The US Trout Farmers Association will hold its 2021 Fall Conference in Branson, Missouri. The Conference Committee has put together another excellent meeting highlighting the trout industry Legends Panel, help Crystal Lake Fisheries celebrate their 71st Anniversary, over twenty top notch speakers, a Trade Show, Banquet, Auction, Awards (including the Ugliest Trout Farmer), and Friday’s tour of Crystal Lake Fisheries and Rainbow Trout & Game Ranch. Plus, opportunity to meet fellow trout raisers, researchers, vendors, and government officials in a relaxed setting. We will follow CDC, state and local guidelines concerning Covid 19 to ensure the safety of all attending.

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Conference Brochure Here


Radisson Hotel Branson

Impressive views of the Ozark Mountains and a central location off Highway 76, Radisson Hotel Branson offers you easy access to the most popular parks, theaters, and attractions in Branson, MO. The hotel in the heart of the Theater District puts an array of live performances at your fingertips. Unwind with a swim in our heated indoor/outdoor pool or a soak in the hot tub. For a more vigorous workout, head to the fitness center to use state-of-the-art Precor® equipment. Wildwood Bistro serves healthy and delicious contemporary American cuisine on site, and room service is available for meals in the quiet and comfort of your own room. Stop by Time Out Sports Lounge for a cold drink and dinner. The hotel also offers free parking to make your stay more convenient and affordable.

The USTFA has a special reduced rate of $101.95 (+taxes). To ensue this rate please use the code when booking online.

  1. Go to our website:  Radisson Hotel Branson Reservations
  2. Enter the dates of your stay.
  3. In the last field “Special Rates”, pull down the menu and choose “Promotional Code”
  4. Then enter:  Trout

If booking via telephone tell the receptionist, the reservation is for the United States Trout Farmers Association.

Registration Rates

Members $225

Non-members $250

Speakers (not vendors in vendors session)
Members $175
Non-members $200

Spouse $100 (includes, lunch, President’s reception, and Banquet)

Vendors Table $500 (includes two people, additional people $175 ea.)

Student $50 (no meals)

Friday Tour $50

Cyrstal Lake Fisheries

Cyrstal Lake Fisheries

Rainbow Trout Game Range Rockbridge

Rainbow Trout Game Range Rockbridge

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USTFA Annual Meeting Tentative Agenda
September 8-10, 2021
Radisson Hotel in Branson, Missouri

Wednesday September 8th

9:00-12:00 USTFA Board of Directors Meeting, Exhibitor Setup, and Guest Sign-in

1:00-1:10 Opening Remarks – Katie Harris-Mt. Lassen Trout

1:10-1:30 35+ Years in the Biz – Bob Robinson-Kasco Marine

1:30-1:50 National Aquaculture Association Update – Paul Zajicek-NAA

1:50-2:10 Adding Value to RBT Products- Peter Fritsch-Rushing Waters

2:10-2:30 Planning and Maintaining a Brood Stock Program – Sam Bowman-Troutlodge

2:30-3:00 Break and Trade Show

3:00-3:20 Revising a Legend, the Piper Manuel – Jessie Trushenski-Riverence

3:20-4:35 A Word From our Vendors – 5 Minute Presentations from Each of our Vendors

4:35-4:40 Closing Remarks – Katie Harris- Mt. Lassen Trout

5:00-6:00 Social Hour and Cash Bar

6:00-9:00 Presidents Reception Dinner and USTFA Auction

Thursday September 9th

8:30-8:40 Opening Remarks – Katie Harris- Mt. Lassen Trout

8:40-9:00 The Legend of Hagerman and its Impact on the Trout Industry – Brian Small-University of Idaho/Aquaculture Research Institute

9:00-9:20 Utilizing RAS to Maximize Production – Brittany Peachey-New York Steelhead/Hudson Valley Fisheries

9:20-9:40 A Salmon Partnership with USFWLS – Phil Mackey and Katie Harris- Mt. Lassen Trout

9:40-10:00 Positioning Your Farm to Survive a Pandemic – Carole Engle-Engle-Stone Aquatics

10:00-10:30 Break and Trade Show

10:30-10:50 Status of Federal Trout Research and Budget Possibilities – Carid Rexroad- National Program Leader for  Aquaculture USDA ARS Office of National Programs

10:50-11:10 The Covid-19 Impact and how it is Changing the Industry. – Johnathan van Senten-Virginia Tech

11:10-11:30 Using Oxygen to Increase Production in Flow-Through Systems – Speaker not Confirmed

11:30-11:50 Can Your Farm Pass the Test??? – Angela Caporelli-Kentucky Department of Agriculture

11:50-12:10 Clinical Impressions on Lactococcosis in RBT in California – Hugh Mitchell-AquaTactics

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:35-1:55 The Reverence Merger and a Look into the Future – Rob Young- Riverence

1:55-2:35 USTFA Business Meeting

2:35-3:00 Break and Trade Show

3:00-4:30 A Panel of Trout Legends
Marvin Emerson- Crystal Lake Fisheries/ Phil Mackey- Mt. Lassen
Trout/ Debra Sloan- North Carolina Department of Agriculture/
Gary Fornshell/ Jeff Hinshaw-North Carolina State University
Ken Cline & Rebecca Copper/Other Legends Pending!!!

4:30-4:40 Closing Comments – Katie Harris- Mt. Lassen Trout

5:30-6:30 Social Hour and Cash Bar

6:30-??? USTFA Banquet and Crystal Lake Fisheries 70th/71st Anniversary Celebration

Friday September 10th

Missouri Trout Industry Tour

8:00 Depart Radisson Hotel to Crystal Lake Fisheries
10:00-11:30 Crystal Lake Fisheries Tour
11:30 Depart Crystal Lake Fisheries to Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch
12:30-1:30 Lunch at Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch
1:30-3:00 Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch Tour
3:00 Depart Rainbow Trout and Game Ranch to Radisson Hotel

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