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Kyser named Ala. Catfish Farmer of the Year for 2022


The Catfish Institute has named Ashley Kyser Alabama’s Catifsh Farmer of the Year. Kyser, 41, is a multi-generational catfish farmer from Greensboro, AL. He and his wife of 16 years, Scarlett, have three children – Mary Elizabeth (13), Taylor (12) and Martha (9). Ashley works the family farm with his parents, Bill and Beverly, as well as his brother – and our Catfish Farmers of America Chairman of the Board – Townsend.

The Kyser Family Farm currently produces 5 million pounds of catfish annually, in addition to cattle, timber and row crops. They have played host to a long list of state and federal officials, including Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

Every year, The Catfish Institute (TCI) uses the Farmers of the Year in various advertising campaigns. Each farmer is an important part of promoting U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish and raising public awareness of the quality and benefits of eating U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish. Roger Barlow, president of TCI, said, “We want to provide a connection between the farm-raised catfish that people know and love and the hundreds of family farms that dot the Southern United States where these fish are grown. The Catfish Farmers of the Year are the face of the American farmer producing an American product for the American consumer.

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