August 1, 2013 -- To honor the hard work and innovations of America's catfish farmers, the month of August was designated by congress as National Catfish Month. Happy Catfish Month!
"August is National Catfish Month, and it's a great opportunity to enjoy the many delicious preparations of our versatile, all-American fish," says Roger Barlow, president of The Catfish Institute. "U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is embraced across the country not only because of its healthfulness, quality and environmental safety, but also because it is 100-percent American-grown."
U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is raised in pure freshwater ponds and fed a nutrient-rich diet of floating grain pellets. This extremely eco-friendly farming practice also eliminates the "fishy" taste found in other varieties of fish.
The majority of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish is produced on family-owned farms in the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas, where many of these growers are second- or third-generation catfish farmers. Since the farms and processing plants exist in primarily rural areas, catfish farming provides a significant source of revenue and employment in historically depressed regions of our nation.
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