Catfish Farmers Applaud USDA's Inspection Rule

Lizzy Schultz

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has finalized a rule that acts to establish an inspection program for U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish and catfish-like imports. The rule, which will ultimately require producers in the U.S. and countries that export catfish and catfish-like products to the U.S. to meet safety standards set by the USDA, has been sought after for years …

Ag Group, Export, Fish, Policy, usda

FDA Approves GE Salmon

Jamie Johansen

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken several steps based on sound science and a comprehensive review regarding food from genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals, including the first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon. The agency is also issuing a guidances for manufacturers who wish to voluntarily label their products as containing ingredients from …

Ag Group, Aquaculture, Fish, Food

Tilapia Farming at California's Coachella Valley

Jamie Johansen

New Global Energy, Inc. is focused on aqua-farming, agriculture, and health & wellness. And they just launched the tilapia spawning season at their farm in California’s Coachella Valley with a record number of fish. They expect the coming year will prove to be record setting in terms of the number of sustainable fish grown and sold on the farm. October …

Agribusiness, Aquaculture, Fish

Alltech's Global VP Keynotes BioMarine Convention

Jamie Johansen

2015 BioMarine Business Convention has announced that Dr. Mark Lyons, global vice president and head of Greater China for Alltech, will deliver the keynote presentation. The event will be in Wilmington, NC, October 12-14. Dr. Lyons will speak on “What We Should Learn From China,” drawing on his time living in Beijing and covering the country’s success in promoting its …

Agribusiness, Alltech, Aquaculture, Fish

Formaldehyde in Vietnamese Swai and Chinese Tilapia

Jamie Johansen

NBC-TV Charlotte, Greensboro, NC, reported unnaturally high amounts of formaldehyde in four of 15 samples of imported frozen white fish species purchased in national food retail store branches. This evidence was found by a NBC affiliated consumer reporter and a North Carolina laboratory. The Catfish Farmers of America published the following release on the issue. Formaldehyde-laced Vietnamese swai (a catfish-like …

Ag Group, Fish, Food, food safety

Algae – Alltech's Answer to Fish Oil Shortage

Jamie Johansen

It is hard to find a more diverse company than Alltech. At their recent REBELation, breakout sessions covered topics from digital media to aquaculture. Headlining discussion on algae was, Becky Timmons, Director for Applications Research and Quality Assurance for Alltech Algae. She started with Alltech 30 years ago and also has a very diversified background. She has been everything from …

Agribusiness, Algae, Alltech, Aquaculture, Fish, Nutrition

Researchers Look to Make Carp Invasive to Dinner Plates

John Davis

While invasive Asian carp have become a problem for Midwestern rivers in the form of living missiles, researchers are hoping they’ll soon to leap onto dinner plates. This article from the University of Missouri says a professor in Mizzou’s School of Natural Resources says if you can’t beat ’em, then eat ’em. With help from a Mizzou Research Council grant, …

Aquaculture, Fish, Research

Disaster Aid for Bees, Livestock and Fish

Cindy Zimmerman

Nearly 2,500 applicants will receive disaster assistance from USDA through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses suffered from Oct. 1, 2011, through Sept. 30, 2013. “As promised, we’re making sure that thousands of producers who suffered through two and a half difficult years without Farm Bill assistance, are getting some relief,” said Agriculture …

bees, farm bill, Fish, Livestock, usda

Farmed Fish Production Must Increase by 2050

Jamie Johansen

With the global wild fish supply stagnant and the human population increasing, new research shows that farmed fish and shellfish production will likely need to increase by 133 percent between 2010 and 2050 in order to meet projected fish demand worldwide. The study finds that although aquaculture’s environmental impacts are likely to rise as production grows, there are a variety …

Agribusiness, Fish, Food