Fighting again over catfish; inspection program called trade barrier | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Fighting again over catfish; inspection program called trade barrier

Posted By on Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Catfish_Face.jpg
The New York Times focuses on an effort, led by some Republicans in Congress, to end a catfish inspection program in the Agriculture Department because it's viewed 1) as duplicative of other inspection programs and 2) as a thinly disguised effort by Southern congressmen to throw up a barrier to imported catfish. Between the competition and rising feed costs, Southern catfish farmers have suffered in recent years.

No Arkansas congressmen are mentioned in the article. U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, a budget hawk Republican, has supported the USDA inspection program strongly, however. Republican budget hawk Tom Cotton hasn't been heard from as far as I can find this morning. But he once did tout on his newsletter a catfish fry thrown on Capitol Hill by Arkansas catfish farmers, in town to lobby for protection.

Tags: , , , , ,


Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Police identify two women found fatally shot on Chicot Road

    Little Rock police have identified two women found dead of gunshot wounds in an SUV parked next to a vacant trailer in a mobile home park at 11500 Chicot Road.
    • May 16, 2017
  • Trump tariffs hit farmers hard

    Well, the trade war has begun and the early returns for farmers are not good — sharp reductions in the prices for soybeans and corn. You may have heard that Arkansas, which overwhelmingly supported Donald Trump, has some agricultural interests, particularly in soybeans.
    • Jul 6, 2018
  • Today in Trump: Obstruction of justice anyone?

    It's the New York Times with the news today. Fired FBI Director James Comey kept notes of his talks with Donald Trump. A memo he wrote in February after a meeting with Trump said the president asked him to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.
    • May 16, 2017

Slideshows

  • Arkansas vs Ole Miss at War Memorial stadium in Little Rock, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. After leading for much of the game, Arkansas lost 37-33 when Ole Miss scored the game winning Touchdown with less that 2 minutes left. 
  • Margaret Clark Adventure Park
    New sculptures, preschoolers play area dedicated in Riverfront Park in Little Rock.

Most Recent Comments

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation