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Catfish farming came to the Mississippi Delta in the 1960s. Cotton, rice and soybeans were becoming less profitable to farm, so naturally, Delta farmers began looking for alternatives. When they couldn't find what they were looking for in the world of agriculture, they turned to the watery world of aquaculture.

The Mississippi Delta has an abundant supply of fresh groundwater, clay-based soils and plenty of folks with good old-fashioned pioneer spirit. These were the building blocks of the first catfish farms. By the 1970s, catfish had become one of Mississippi's major cash crops, but the industry lacked organization and leadership. That would soon change.

Delta Pride was founded in 1981, when a group of Mississippi catfish farmers decided to stop competing with each other. They realized the best way to get their fish to market was to work together. They began cooperative processing and marketing operations in 1981, and the rest, as they say, is history.

 

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