Non-GMO soybeans protein aquafeed company wins award for improving feed performance

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Prairie AquaTech invented a process to enhance plant protein to be used in salmonoid feed.

In a press release today, Prairie AquaTech from Brookings, South Dakota, USA, writes that it was awarded the 2019 winner of the Aquafeed Innovation Award for Ingredients.

The award was presented to the company during the 2019 VICTAM International Feed & Grain event held in Cologne, following the”Aquafeed Horizons” technical conference.

The ingredient was designed to provide the aquaculture industry with an alternative to reliance upon wild-caught stocks of forage fish. ME-PRO uses a patented process to enhance plant protein.

Prairie AquaTech has recently completed construction of its first commercial-scale production facility in Volga, South Dakota. At full production capacity, the facility will produce 30,000 metric tonnes of ME-PRO from non-GMO soybeans per year. The ingredient was refined and tested at Prairie AquaTech’s AgTech Center using a RAS system to test ME-PRO on multiple fish species to assess digestibility and growth-stage performance.

ME-PRO was developed by a partnership between South Dakota State University and South Dakota Innovation Partners, an investment company established to start and manage companies dedicated to meeting crucial challenges in health and nutrition.