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Catfish Convention Fishes Out Best Farmers

US - More than 250 catfish farmers from across the Southeast met here March 5-7 for the 2009 Catfish Farmers of America Annual Convention and Research Symposium, which was held at the Natchez Convention Center and the adjacent Natchez Eola Hotel.

The Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) has represented the farmers, processors, feed mills, researchers and suppliers of the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry since 1968. This year’s convention was hosted by Catfish Farmers of Mississippi.

In addition to a full day of research presentations highlighted by aquaculture specialists from Auburn University, Louisiana State University, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi State University, the conference recognized distinguished farmers from the four major producing states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

“One of the highlights of the CFA Annual Awards luncheon is recognizing individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the catfish industry,” said Roger Barlow, executive vice president of Catfish Farmers of America and president of The Catfish Institute.

“Each year, the four state associations are asked to select from their membership a deserving producer to be named as their state’s Catfish Farmer of the Year. This honor is a great opportunity to give outstanding producers national recognition for their contributions to our industry.”

the Fish Site Editor

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