Posts Tagged ‘catfish’

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 […] [...]

Senator presses ag secretary again on fish inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has once again pressed the U.S. secretary of agriculture to explain why a catfish inspection program authorized five years ago has not been implemented. Cochran, who has been fighting to ensure a fair and level playing field for U.S. catfish producers, raised the issue again with Agriculture […] [...]

Wanna noodle? Season starts today

by Published: May 1,2013

Tags: catfish, fish, fishing, hand grab, noodle, outdoors, season, wildlife

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — It’s called grabbling, hand-grabbing or noodling. Whatever it’s called, catching catfish by hand begins today in Mississippi. The season ends July 15. State wildlife officials say hand-grabbers can catch channel, blue and flathead catfish. John Skains is a biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. Skains says a valid […] [...]

Senator ‘encourages’ FDA administrator to start catfish inspections

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has encouraged the head of the Food and Drug Administration to work with her federal counterparts to implement a catfish inspection program that ensures foreign imports are safe for consumers. Cochran addressed the catfish inspection issue, as well as impending menu nutrition labeling regulations, during a Senate […] [...]

Catfish group ‘stunned’ by report from GAO, White House

INDIANOLA — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) are disputing a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Obama Administration that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections are a “duplicative program” and should be eliminated. “Catfish Farmers of America is stunned by the misinformation recently distributed by the GAO and White House […] [...]

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