Posts Tagged ‘aquaculture’

Catfish prices up, but for how long?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Catfish producers who are coping with record-high feed costs know that the strong market prices may not last much longer. Jimmy Avery, aquaculture leader with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said years of pond acreage reductions are driving fish prices up. Unfortunately, the cost of producers’ biggest expense, feed, is also […] [...]

Catfish industry touts comments on inspections

WASHINGTON — Public comments and evidence submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture overwhelmingly support broad inspection and regulation of all commercial catfish species imported or grown for sale to consumers in the United States, according to the USDA website. Of the 280 comments posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) official […] [...]

Cochran argues for broad catfish definition

WASHINGTON — As part of a public comment hearing on the definition of catfish and related fish types, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today argued in favor of a broad federal definition to help guarantee that American consumers are being served safe fish. Cochran, who sponsored the 2008 Farm Bill requirement on imported catfish inspections, today […] [...]

USDA’s FSIS to hold meetings on catfish inspections

WASHINGTON and STONEVILLE — The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will hear public comments tomorrow in Washington, D.C., on the proposed regulations for increasing catfish inspections and regulations. The most critical decision by FSIS will be whether all or only some catfish will be covered under the new regulation shifting responsibility for the inspection […] [...]

Lawmakers backing ITC approval of antidumping duties

by Published: March 15,2011

Tags: agriculture, antidumping, aquaculture, international trade

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), along with Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), today praised U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) approval of a five-year extension of antidumping duties that they say have served to protect the U.S. shrimp industry from unfair import practices. Cochran, Wicker and Palazzo were among the lawmakers who […] [...]

Catfish industry ‘stunned’ by McCain proposal

WASHNGTON — A proposal by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeal a law making all catfish safer for American consumers ignores numerous findings of banned substances in imported catfish products and favors inadequate food safety requirements, according to Catfish Farmers of America. “It is stunning that Sen. McCain has chosen to protect importers and Vietnamese […] [...]

Catfish industry disturbed by GAO report

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America says it welcomes streamlining U.S. government regulation of America’s food supply chain, but warns that back-peddling on critical seafood safety inspections and regulations will put consumers at greater risk. In a new report, the Government Accountability Office questions the cost of transferring the regulation of catfish from the […] [...]

Heartland Catfish temporarily laying off workers

by Published: February 23,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, catfish, employment, jobs, layoffs, unemployment

ITTA BENA — Heartland Catfish has announced that employees at its plants in Mississippi and Alabama will face temporary layoffs or reduced hours over the next four months. Danny Walker, CEO for Itta Bena-based Heartland, told the Greenwood Commonwealth that the company, like others in the industry, is being squeezed by a shortage of live […] [...]

Catfish industry enthusiastic about new inspection regulations

WASHINGTON — The Catfish Farmers of America are applauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture for recommending implementation of a law requiring tough new inspections and regulation of all catfish sold in America. “We are extremely pleased that the USDA has recommended stricter regulation of catfish which will mean greater protection for American consumers,” said Joey […] [...]

USDA delays decision on catfish inspections

by Published: February 19,2011

Tags: agriculture, aquaculture, food safety

WASHINGTON — The Agriculture Department has delayed a decision on a new catfish inspection program that threatens to derail U.S. trade relations with Vietnam. The agency released a proposed rule Friday seeking more comment on the key question of whether Asian catfish will be subject to a new inspection regime that Congress passed in 2008 […] [...]

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