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Bioplastics company Solaplast puts plant in operation

MERIDIAN — Solaplast, a company that converts algae from commercial catfish ponds into plastics, has opened a plant in Lauderdale County. The company is a division of Algix LLC in Athens, Georgia. CEO Mike Van Drunen, who along with other company representatives hosted an open house of the facility on Friday, says the plant will produce millions of pounds of ...

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Bioplastics maker opens for business in East Mississippi

MARION, Mississippi — Bioplastics manufacturer ALGIX, LLC officially opened its doors Friday at the company’s SOLAPLAST facility here. The Lauderdale County project represents an $8.5 million corporate investment that economic development officials say will increase to $40 million and will create 100 jobs over the next three years. ALGIX’s new state-of-the-art facility features compounding equipment that converts algae into bioplastic ...

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Catfish Institute launches new smartphone app

JACKSON — The Catfish Institute has launched a new smartphone app that allows catfish lovers to explore recipes, watch cooking videos and learn more about the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry. The app is free. It can be found by searching “U.S. catfish” in either the Apple App Store or on Google Play for Android devices.

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Catfish industry launches TV advertising campaign

JACKSON — This weekend, the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry will launch a new television advertising campaign aimed at raising awareness among Southern catfish eaters. The 30-second ad depicts a young soldier’s homecoming celebration, complete with a family gathering and a meal of fried catfish and sides. “Family gatherings are at the core of our consumer’s hearts when it comes time ...

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Cooler summer temperatures negatively impacting catfish ponds

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — There is a reason catfish do well in Mississippi: hot summers. “An unusually cool summer like we have had can create nice days for people, but the temperatures have caused some problems for our catfish,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture specialist at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center. Avery said cooler water reduces fish ...

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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. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack testified ...

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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 targeted for extra surveillance include ...

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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.), have asked the commerce secretary ...

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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 and Extension specialists on the ...

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Region still struggling with ice and snow; death toll grows

South Mississippi residents and businesses continue to be impacted by ice and snow, and the death toll has grown. Mississippi authorities say the deaths of five people have been linked to this week’s winter storm. The latest came yesterday when a vehicle struck the back of a stalled tractor-trailer in Smith County, killing one of the passengers in the moving ...

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