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12 02, 2018

Bring Catfish to the Table for Lent

February 12th, 2018|

With Lent just around the corner, it’s time for millions of Americans to find new ways to incorporate fish into their diets. Lent is a religious tradition observed during the 40 days before Easter. During this time, many Christians choose to abstain from eating red meat, either on Fridays or throughout the entirety of […]

10 01, 2018

New Study Suggests Eating Fish May Make Kids Smarter

January 10th, 2018|

A recent study published in Scientific Reports suggests greater fish consumption can have significant benefits for children. According to the study, children who ate fish at least once a week scored almost 5 points higher on IQ tests than children who seldom or never ate fish. Even children who occasionally ate fish scored an […]

4 12, 2017

Experimental Vaccine Could Prevent Costly Catfish Disease

December 4th, 2017|

Auburn University researchers plan to use a recent grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to field-test a new vaccine. The new vaccine aims to control columnaris disease, a serious bacterial infection that can affect nearly all freshwater fish and causes millions of dollars in annual losses in the catfish industry alone.

Currently, the […]

8 11, 2017

USDA Invests in Research to Improve Domestic Aquaculture

November 8th, 2017|

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced grants to support the development of environmentally and economically sustainable aquaculture in the U.S. These awards were made through the Aquaculture Research Program authorized by the Competitive Special and Facilities Research Grants Act, administered by NIFA.

“By 2030, it’s estimated […]

11 10, 2017

Delta Aquaculture on the Rise

October 11th, 2017|

The catfish are biting. The industry that began in 1959 in Yazoo County has seen its share of peaks and valleys in its economic pond. In its heyday of the 1970s there were more than 100,000 acres of catfish ponds scattered across three states.

But with the high cost of feed and other inputs combined […]

21 09, 2017

MSU Research, Outreach Boost Catfish Industry

September 21st, 2017|

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has played a significant role in the state’s status as the top producer of catfish in the U.S. Most of the technological advances related to the industry have taken place at MSU facilities under the direction of university and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers.

“The state’s industry has sustained […]

7 04, 2015

MSU store offers frozen catfish fillets to shoppers

April 7th, 2015|

Frozen catfish fillets have joined Edam cheese, ice cream, muscadine juice, peanuts, beef and more in the lineup of local products for sale in the Mississippi State University Cheese Store.

Starting March 30, shoppers can buy 4-pound boxes of frozen, U.S. farm-raised catfish in the cheese outlet, also known as the MAFES Sales Store, operated […]

1 04, 2015

Catfish Continues To Swim To The Top

April 1st, 2015|

The Census of Agriculture is the most complete account of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Every Thursday USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will highlight new Census data and the power of the information to shape the future of American agriculture.

Mississippi, commonly called the “Magnolia State”, has long been one […]

21 08, 2014

Traceability is One Key to Safe Seafood

August 21st, 2014|

August 21, 2014 — Twenty-two percent of the world’s seafood is mislabeled, according to Oceana, the largest organization focused on protecting oceans and seafood safety. These findings of a new global study are consistent with surveys that find between 25 and 50 percent of seafood sold by U.S. retailers is mislabeled.

“Often this type of […]

29 05, 2014

Accurate Labeling of Catfish Is the Law

May 29th, 2014|

May 29, 2014 – As seafood imports grow, mislabeling of seafood products in restaurants is becoming common. Studies by media and consumer organizations find that as much as 25 to 50 percent of seafood is mislabeled.

Accurate labeling of catfish and catfish-like species is required by law. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act defines […]