Posts Tagged ‘aquaculture’

Coast ag producers share needs, express concerns

BILOXI — Agricultural producers in the coastal region shared their needs and concerns during a recent Mississippi State University meeting. The sixth-annual Producer Advisory Council meeting was held at MSU’s Coastal Research and Extension Center. Eleven commodity groups made recommendations and requests for research, educational programming and support by MSU’s Extension Service and the Mississippi […] [...]

Annual ag council meeting draws hundreds

VERONA — When agricultural producers speak, Mississippi State University listens. About 300 commodity producers, crop consultants and MSU representatives met recently at the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona for the annual Producer Advisory Council meeting. The meeting has been held for more than half a century to give farmers the opportunity to […] [...]

Catfish Farming: Future fading on a ‘A Great American Story’

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: aquaculture, catfish, marine resources, Mississippi Delta

Don’t look for a lot of glee at a gathering of business people who have lost 80 percent of their market share in the last 10 years. Such was the case with the mid-February annual meeting of the Catfish Farmers of America at Little Rock’s Peabody Hotel. Reporting on the gathering, the hometown Arkansas Democrat-Gazette […] [...]

Bangladesh prime factor in Mississippi catfish woes – but producers wonder why

by Published: February 22,2013

Tags: aquaculture, Bangladesh, catfish, Thad Cochran

Most Mississippians can tell you in detail how often farm-raised catfish end up on their dinner tables or the value of catfish farming to their state’s economy. But you’ll likely draw a blank stare if you ask them what Bangladesh has to do with Mississippi catfish farming. The real answer is that the tiny country […] [...]

Gulf shrimpers hail early success in bid to force tariffs on imports

Gulf shrimpers have persuaded the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate whether foreign countries are subsidizing the dumping of shrimp on the U.S. market at prices that undercut shrimp harvesters based in Mississippi and elsewhere along the Gulf and South Atlantic. The Coalition of Gulf Shrimp Industries wants Southeast Asian and Central American competitors slapped […] [...]

Senators criticize Commerce over catfish import policing

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) say catfish producers in Mississippi and other states are being harmed by the U.S. Department of Commerce not doing enough to stem a flood of imported fish products. Cochran and Wicker have signed a letter to acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank urging her […] [...]

MSU professor lends expertise to Nigerian catfish farmers

STARKVILLE — Commercially grown catfish in North America or Africa face similar challenges, a fact that sent one Mississippi State University veterinarian on a training mission to Nigeria in June. Dr. Skip Jack, a professor of pathobiology and population medicine at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, spent almost three weeks teaching Nigerian catfish farmers, veterinarians […] [...]

Catfish farmers feeling impact of drought

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippians do not have to look far to see the impact of the Midwest’s historic drought, as the state’s catfish farmers already feel the pinch of sky-high feed costs. “There was a window last fall when some farmers were able to book feed at $380 per ton,” said Jimmy Avery, Mississippi State […] [...]

Catfish Institute: FDA refusals of imported fish soaring in 2012

JACKSON — Citing banned drugs and “unsafe additives,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused more shipments of imported catfish during the first half of 2012 than for all of 2011, according to The Catfish Institute. An analysis of FDA data by The Catfish Institute found 25 catfish import refusals during January 2012 through […] [...]

Gulf shrimp landings are up, but prices down

The shrimp are slightly bigger, but prices are down, making this year’s season-opening in Biloxi comparable to last year’s start. As in previous years, Gulf shrimpers are seeing prices forced downward by competition from imported shrimp that sells for less. All the while, they are hit with higher operating cots, especially for diesel fuel. During […] [...]

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