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Florida's 2008 Aquaculture Grant Programme

FLORIDA, US - Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced today the mailing of Aquaculture Grant Programme application packages to approximately 600 aquaculturists.

Florida aquaculturists will be provided an opportunity to apply for federal stimulus money to offset high feed prices experienced during 2008.

Commissioner Bronson noted that, “Sky-high feed costs in 2008 triggered fish farm closings throughout the Southeast. We are moving these funds to Florida farmers as quickly as we can and we are very appreciative of the opportunity to expedite this federal programme.”

The State of Florida was allocated $341,806 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as the state’s portion of $50 million feed stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. All of the funds will be distributed to qualified applicants on a pro-rata basis, none of the funds will be used for programme administration.

Florida aquaculture ranks 7th amongst all states with 2005 aquaculture sales of $61.3 million. Principle farming segments include tropical ornamental fish, shellfish, food fish (catfish, tilapia, and hybrid striped bass), reptiles (alligators and turtles), baitfish and gamefish.

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