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When Feed Was Cheap, Catfish Farmers Got Help Buying It

US - One of the more unusual offshoots of Congress&#39;s drought-relief efforts was a $34 million assistance program for catfish farmers.</b> <br><br> Under the 2003 Catfish Feed Assistance Program, announced in August of that year, commercial catfish farmers in Mississippi, Arkansas and a handful of other states got government credits for feed equal to $34 per ton. <br><br> All they had to do was apply at their local feed mill. The amount they received was based on how much feed they had purchased at the mill in 2002 -- not any actual losses. <br><br> The USDA advertised the program as &quot;an innovative relief to catfish producers who have experienced losses due to adverse weather and natural disasters,&quot; according to a news release. The agency said a 2002 drought had driven up the price of feed. <br><br> <i>Source: Washington Post</i>

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