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Catfish production holds steady as demand stays high

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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

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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

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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

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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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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

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RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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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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Delta Council fears new delay in Asian catfish inspections in works

CLEVELAND – Delta Council officials are worried that U.S. Department of Agriculture inspections of imported catfish may be delayed two years beyond next year’s expected start of USDA inspections of domestically produced catfish. Council officials relayed concerns over the possible inspection delays to U.S. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden during her visit here to deliver the keynote address to the ...

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