December 18, 2018
Catfish farmers Sid Nelson of Sumter County and Mike Owens of Hale County received Leadership Awards from the Aquaculture & Fisheries Business Institute during a Catfish Industry Update Meeting in Demopolis Dec. 4. From left are Auburn University’s (AU) Dr. Jesse Chappell; Nelson; Owens; AU’s Dr. Terry Hanson; and AU School of Fisheries, Aquaculture & Aquatic Sciences Director Joseph Tomasso. Not pictured is Hale County’s Randy Hollingsworth, who also received an Industry Service Award.
Catfish farmers gathered in Demopolis Dec. 4 for the annual Catfish Industry Update Meeting.
The Alabama Catfish Producers held elections for its state committee during the meeting. Brad Brady of Perry County, Bubba Drury of Hale County and Thed Spree of Greene County were elected to three-year terms. Willard Powe of Dallas County was selected as Alabama’s 2019 Catfish Farmer of the Year and will spend the next year promoting catfish at venues such as the Seafood Expo in Boston.
Farmers heard from researchers at Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies. Other speakers included Agriculture and Industries Commissioner-Elect Rick Pate and Jeremy Robbins from The Catfish Institute.
Farmers Sid Nelson, Mike Owens and Randy Hollingsworth received leadership awards during the meeting, and Bill Hemstreet, a longtime fish diagnostician at the Alabama Fish Farming Center, was honored for service to the industry.