Sid Salter: Cochran wins catfish battle

STARKVILLE – In what has been at times a bitter and personal political battle over the last several years, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have traded shots over legislation that would protect U.S. aquaculture trade interests from Chinese and Vietnamese competition.

Last week, Cochran was finally successful in forcing federal officials to implement new rules for catfish suppliers, requiring on-site inspections of catfish farms and processing plants for both domestic and foreign producers, mostly from Vietnam, to ensure they meet the same standards that have long been required in the U.S.