The Game and Parks Commission regulates the aquaculture industry. If you are raising fish for personal consumption and not for re-sale then you will not need an aquaculturist license, if you are going to sell them then you will need to apply for the $76 license. They also regulate the importation of aquatic species so if your fish source is from outside the state then you will need an import permit. This is a free permit. Both forms and more information can be found on the Game and Parks website, either search “aquaculture” or follow this link: http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/fishing/documents.asp
Depending on the size of your operation you may need to contact the Department of Environmental Quality – http://www.deq.state.ne.us/
They regulate based on the clean water act so if you are discharging any wastes into waters of the state they may require a permit (this is usually size dependant)
Depending on your project, if you have to drill a well, you may need to contact the Natural Resource District (NRD) for your area, http://www.nrdnet.org/ they oversee water usage, again this is usually a size/quantity issue, small wells are usually not an issue compared to large scale irrigation wells.
There are a few sources of assistance with business development plans:
- Nebraska Dept of Economic Development – http://www.neded.org/business/start-a-business . They offer a wide range of assistance in starting a business. They also have many other resources that can assist you.
- Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) – http://www.nifa.org/programs/index.html?topic=desc&ps=choose&prog_name_sent=Development+Financing – is another option, they offer some grants too for business start ups and equipment purchases, depending on what you are doing.
- USDA Rural Development – http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NEHome.html – has a lot of programs, depending on what you are doing and where you are located.
- Check also with your local Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development people (they often work together). They may have local funds available for new businesses.