2018 Catfish Update Meeting

Auburn University – School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

& Aquaculture and Fisheries Business Institute (AFBI)

December 4, 2018 – Demopolis Alabama

8:30 Registration

8:50-9:00 Terry Hanson, Begins Meeting and Welcomes by:

Mitt Walker, Alabama Farmers Federation (ALFA) & Sid Nelson (ACP)

9:00-9:10 Joe Tomasso, Aquaculture Research and Extension Funding by Auburn University

9:10-9:20 Cynthia Price, Alabama State Statistician, NASS – Why Surveys Matter

9:20-9:30 Terry Hanson, US Farm-Raised Catfish Industry Update

9:30-9:40 Bill Hemstreet, Alabama Fish Disease Update

9:40-9:50 Jesse James, West AL Feed and Vaccine Trials

9:50-10:00 Cova Arias, Update on the Columnaris Vaccine Project

10:00-10:10 Alan Wilson – Water Quality Trends in Catfish Production Ponds

10:10-10:20 Luke Roy & Jimmy Avery, Exploratory Environmental Sampling for Dyes

10:20-10:30 Rex Dunham – Catfish Genetics Update

10:30-10:40 Claude Boyd – Aeration and How It Affects FCR

10:40-10:50 – David Cline, Another Successful Year at the Sunbelt AG Expo

10:50-11:00 Sherry Wise, USDA-AMS – USDA Purchases of Catfish Under Section 32

11:00-11:30 Roger Barlow and Jeremy Robbins, The Catfish Institute – Marketing Update

11:30-11:45 Allen Davis, T. Hanson & L. Roy, Feed Proposal to ACP

11:45 – Noon – Break for lunch and ACP State Committee Elections

Noon – 12:30 Luncheon speaker Rick Pate, incoming Commissioner of AL Agriculture and Industries

12:30- 12:45 Jesse Chappell and Terry Hanson, AFBI Awards

12:45 – 1:15 Bill Hemstreet & Terry Hanson – Sponsor Recognition (see back for sponsor list)

1:15-1:25 Daniel Creel, Terry Hanson & Luke Roy, Big Fish Project

1:25-1:35 Ben Buckley, Leah Veum, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services – Bird update

1:35-1:45 Ian Butts, Reproductive Physiology, Hatchery Science and Cryogenics for the Hybrid Catfish

1:45-2:00 Meeting Evaluations & Drawing for Door Prizes



AB Vista, Craig Wyatt

Aercon Industries, Jalon Unruh and Michael Clemmer

Alabama Ag Credit, Jason Abrams

ALFA-ACP, Mitt Walker and Sid Nelson

Dombhart Farms and Catfish Supply, Jerry Sexton

Fish-Net, Gabe Holdeman and Brett Harrison

Greensboro Farmer’s Coop, Tommy Langham

Harvest Select, Randy Rhodes

In-Situ, Chris Stevens

SouthFresh, Mark Lamb/Jimmy Hughes

The Catfish Institute, Roger Barlow and Jeremy Robbins

West Alabama Catfish Producers Association, Thed Spree