Catfish farming came to the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s. Cotton, rice and soybeans were becoming less profitable to farm, so naturally, Delta farmers began looking for alternatives. When they couldn’t find what they were looking for in the world of agriculture, they turned to the watery world of aquaculture.

Farm-raised catfish is the largest aquaculture industry in the United States. In 2005, the U.S. catfish industry produced 600 million pounds of catfish from 165,000 pond water acres. The farm-raised catfish industry at $450 million in annual production value has the highest economic value of any aquaculture industry in the United States. The next highest valued aquaculture industry in the country is trout, valued at $74 million in annual production.

The Mississippi Delta has an abundant supply of fresh groundwater, clay-based soils and plenty of folks with good old-fashioned pioneer spirit. These were the building blocks of the first catfish farms.

If you wants good eatin’, then stop on by the Mississippi Delta!!


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