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Agriculture a vital cog in the economy of Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi is a very rural state with some of the best farmland in the world. “We live in a country where only about two percent of our population is involved in farming, and it is so often forgotten that these farms, most of which are family operated, touch the lives of every person by providing safe, affordable ...

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Processor recalls 69,000 pounds of catfish

By Jack Weatherly Heartland Catfish Co. of Itta Bena recalled about 69,000 pounds of catfish that may have been exposed to a fungicide that carries a low-level health risk to consumers. The USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service announced on Friday the recall was Heartland catfish shipped to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Texas and Vermont. None was ...

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Heartland a catfish giant

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Catfish is an undeniable part of Mississippi’s cuisine, especially fried catfish with hot sauce.  With this in mind, it’s unsurprising that Heartland Catfish Company, a family-owned catfish farm founded in 1995, is the largest single producer of farm-raised catfish in the United States. On March 11 to 13, Heartland will feature vacuum skin-packaged catfish products at ...

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Issues are on the table for this year’s Delta Council meeting in May

By NASH NUNNERY Author David Cohn once wrote that “the Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of the Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg.” If Cohn’s description is indeed true, then the Delta Council might be considered the storied region’s heartbeat. Based in Washington County, Delta Council is the area’s foremost economic development group representing 18 northwest ...

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WES NEAL — Proper water chemistry improves fish health

Winter and spring weather in Mississippi is a rollercoaster ride. Some nights are below freezing, while others feel like midsummer. With the warmer, sunnier weather, people begin to pay more attention to their ponds. Pond managers may see evidence of sick and dying fish from February through April. Usually, it is a few fish per day, often catfish but maybe ...

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Catfish industry sees Trump veto of TPP as victory

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. catfish industry has fought Asian exporters long and hard for years. Now with President Donald Trump issuing an order in his first week in the White House to block America’s membership in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, another victory has been achieved, as the U.S. industry sees it. “We just felt that the TPP would weaken ...

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Catfish production holds steady as demand stays high

As demand for catfish remains high, the only components of its production trending down this year in Mississippi are pond acreage and the price of feed. Producers are receiving an average of $1.12 to $1.21 per pound of catfish and paying less than $380 for a ton of feed. To Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University ...

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Support for repealing USDA inspection of catfish imports gaining strength

By JACK WEATHERLY Legislation that could have an immense impact on America’s catfish industry has gained strong support in the U.S. House. One hundred and eighty members of the House have signed a letter that has been sent to  House leadership calling for taking up a measure to halt the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection of imported catfish. Among the ...

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Fate of imported catfish inspections rests in the House

By JACK WEATHERLY  In the past decade, the U.S. catfish industry has been stood on its head. In 2006, domestic producers had two-thirds of the market. Imports were the other third. Now it’s the reverse, as importers account for more than 70 percent of the market. Hopes were raised when the U.S. industry succeeded in getting the 2008 and 2014 ...

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Catfish producer and processor expanding in Miss. Delta

ISOLA — A catfish producer and processor is expanding its operation in the Mississippi Delta town of Isola. Consolidated Catfish currently employs 425 people and announced Tuesday that it is adding 12 jobs. The state’s economic development agency, Mississippi Development Authority, says it provided $100,000 to help the company improve a wastewater treatment facility. The company is investing $900,000 for ...

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