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USDA-ARS, USDA-CSREES Stakeholder Workshop. Chip Morgan, Exec. Vice President Delta Council. Issues of Presentation:. *Broaden understanding of opportunities & problems facing aquaculture industry *Role of research & education in global competitiveness *How to get research out to the field.

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USDA-ARS, USDA-CSREES

Stakeholder Workshop

Chip Morgan, Exec. Vice President

Delta Council

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Issues of Presentation:

*Broaden understanding of opportunities & problems facing aquaculture industry

*Role of research & education in global competitiveness

*How to get research out to the field

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ISSUES OF ORIGIN

Agriculture

Highway Development

Flood Control

Founded 1935

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The Delta

  • 6.5 m total acres
  • 200 miles long and 65 miles wide
  • Gently slopes 1/2 foot per mile
  • $1.3 billion in annual Ag production
  • $400 million cotton production
  • $140 million rice production
  • $240 million catfish production
  • $340 million soybean production
  • $821.3m in manufacturing wages
  • 28,286 jobs in manufacturing
  • 41,000 jobs in farming & allied ag businesses
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“Not everyone is lucky enough

to live upstream.”

- Mark Twain

41% of land surface of U.S.,

31 states & 2 provinces of

Canada

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School Bus

MS River

Levee

1997

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Delta Wells Tested

1988-2007

  • 621 well tested
  • 600 wells with no detectable contaminant concentrations
  • 21 wells with detectable contaminant concentrations
  • Only 1 well found to contain contaminant concentrations exceeding safe levels established for drinking water by EPA (resampling of this well has indicated levels are now within safe drinking water standards)
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Aquifer Declines

Delta Water Level Change from

October 1997 to October 2007

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The Contribution of Agriculture to the Delta’s Economy

Number of Jobs31,000

Taxes paid to the Federal government$447,000,000

Taxes paid to the Local/State government$562,000,000

PYCO Industries, Inc

F C W I

Federal Compress and Warehouse, Inc.

Source: MSU

december 2009 corn cbot
December 2009 Corn CBOT

2001-2006 Average $2.30/bu.

november 2009 soybeans cbot
November 2009 Soybeans CBOT

2001-2006 Average $5.85/bu.

july 2009 wheat cbot
July 2009 Wheat CBOT

2001-2006 Average $3.47/bu.

frozen u s catfish v imported catfish like fillet sales in the u s 2000 october 2007
Frozen U.S. Catfish v. Imported Catfish-like Fillet Sales in the U.S.2000 - October 2007

Million lb

64%

80%

24%

16%

8%

8%

7%

4%

Less than 10% of U.S. market share for beef, poultry, eggs, hogs, and milk is imported, according to Mississippi State University sources.

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Imported Tilapia

Frozen Dressed and Fillets (million pounds)

400

300

200

100

02

03

04

05

06

01

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STONEVILLE RESEARCH COMPLEX

  • USDA-Agricultural Research Service
  • MSU-Delta Research & Extension Center
  • USDA-Forest Service (Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research)
  • Yazoo MS Delta Joint Water Management District
  • USDA-Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
  • USDA-Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center
  • USDA-Wildlife Services
  • USDA-Weather Center
  • Delta Council
  • Delta Wildlife/Delta F.A.R.M.
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STONEVILLE RESEARCH COMPLEX

Over 125 State and Federal Research Scientists and Extension Specialists Average Wage = 100K per year

350+ Support Personnel

Direct regional and state

expenditures = $13.3 million

Annual Budget = $45.4 million

Annual Payroll = $18 million