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USDA to send final rule on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says he intends to keep pressure on the Obama administration to fully establish a catfish inspection program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Cochran took part in a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing last week regarding implementation of the 2014 farm bill. […] [...]

FDA sends alerts, warning letters to Asian companies over mislabeled fish

JACKSON — Analyses of FDA food safety import alerts and warning letters indicate a heightened effort to combat continuing problems with many imported seafood products, according to The Catfish Institute. On Jan. 7, the FDA issued a new seafood import alert addressing the continuing problem of exports to the U.S. of fish falsely labeled. Exporters […] [...]

Senators urge Commerce to enforce antidumping of Asian fish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mississippi’s senators are encouraging the U.S. Department of Commerce to uphold a fair trade decision that begins to protect U.S. catfish producers from underpriced frozen fish fillets from Vietnam. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, a bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), […] [...]

Ag producers, scientists talk about research, needs

VERONA — More than 300 north Mississippi agricultural producers met with Mississippi State University representatives to hear research results and recommendations and to express what they need from the university in the coming year. Steve Martin, head of MSU’s North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona, said the annual meeting helps keep producers, researchers […] [...]

State’s congressional delegation all vote for Farm Bill

WASHINGTON — All four of Mississippi’s U.S. House members voted for a farm bill yesterday, saying it’s not perfect but it’s a good compromise to keep agriculture and nutrition programs running for the next five years. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support and moves to the Senate, where Mississippi’s Thad Cochran was one […] [...]

Professor: Catfish production plummeted over last decade

GREENVILLE — An agriculture professor says Mississippi’s catfish industry has been devastated by Asian imports. Jimmy Avery says that in 2002, the state had 111,500 acres devoted to the catfish industry. By 2012, that was down to 51,200 acres. Avery is a Mississippi State University Extension Service professor and director of the Southern Regional Aquaculture […] [...]

Cochran welcomes Commerce antidumping decision, but wants more

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting the U.S. Department of Commerce antidumping decision that he feels will give farm-raised catfish producers in Mississippi and the nation some relief from unfair, low-priced foreign imports. Undersecretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez last week informed Cochran that the U.S. Department of Commerce had […] [...]

Researchers look at improving catfish farmers’ profitability

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists looking to help catfish producers keep costs low and quality high have found catfish can thrive for the first six weeks after hatching by feeding on naturally occurring zooplankton. Several aquaculture researchers at MSU’s Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center compared the growth and survival of two groups of […] [...]

Undersecretary: ‘I understand the frustration’ over catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has received word that the U.S. Department of Agriculture could complete a final rule for implementing a catfish inspection program by this October, Cochran reports in a release. Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA undersecretary for food safety, today told Cochran the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) is committed […] [...]

Catfish farmers challenged by markets lost to imports

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish farmers continue to address production challenges as the industry works to reclaim markets lost to imported fish. Jeremy Robbins, vice president of The Catfish Institute based in Jackson, said farmers have struggled in recent years with high feed prices, their No. 1 expense, while dealing with increased competition from imports. “There […] [...]

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