Cochran presses ag secretary again on fish inspections

U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has once again pressed the U.S. secretary of agriculture to explain why a catfish inspection program authorized five years ago has not been implemented.

Cochran, who has been fighting to ensure a fair and level playing field for U.S. catfish producers, raised the issue again with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack at a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2014 budget requests for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“A lot of the aquaculture producers in Mississippi and around the country believe this law has not been aggressively implemented. They are frustrated and they want to know if the USDA has a plan to try to put action behind the words in the Farm Bill law,” Cochran said.