May 21, 2009

**Media Advisory

Director of Agriculture to Visit Aquaculture Farms to Discuss Stimulus Funding

    WHAT: Missouri Department of Agriculture Director Dr. Jon Hagler is touring two Missouri aquaculture locations to promote the industry and discuss the availability of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). On Feb. 17, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $50 million to aquaculture producers. Gov. Jay Nixon subsequently tasked the Department of Agriculture with identifying producers who are eligible for assistance. Missouri could be eligible for up to $500,000 of those funds.     WHEN: 

Friday, May 22, 2009
10 a.m. - Ozark Fisheries, Stoutland
1 p.m. – Osage Catfisheries, Osage Beach

    WHERE:

Ozark Fisheries
1100 Ozark Fisheries Road
Stoutland, MO 65567
Web site: www.ozarkfisheries.com/

Osage Catfisheries
1170 Nichols Road
Osage Beach, MO 65065
Web site: osagecatfisheries.com

    WHY: Missouri’s aquaculture industry contributes over $7 million to the state’s economy. Stimulus funding will help aquaculture producers recover from recent increases in fish feed costs and help sustain operational functions.     CONTACT:

For more information, contact Misti Preston at (573) 751-8596 or Misti.Preston@mda.mo.gov.

** If you plan to cover this event, please email Misti.Preston@mda.mo.gov.