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NEW AQUACULTURE FEED MILL OPENED IN INDIANA
BrownfieldAgNews reports:

A new feed mill in east central Indiana will provide new opportunities for soybean farmers. Bell Aquaculture's feed mill will focus on fish feeds used to feed a variety of species from shrimp to rainbow trout that are being raised in aquaculture operations across the Midwest.

Shelia Lingle, director of aquaculture for the Indiana Soybean Alliance says on a global basis there's about 10 million metric tons of soybean meal used in aquaculture.

While the majority of that currently isn't used in the United States, Lingle says she hopes that changes in the future.

"If we can start to raise a significant amount of seafood here in Indiana and in the Midwest and utilize the feed from this feed mill," she says. "We'll be able to utilize more of our crop here at home."

Aquaculture facilities need specialized feed and by having a feed mill centrally located, Lingle says it makes accessibility easier. "Right now they're having to bring that in from out of either Pennsylvania, Louisiana, or Utah," she says. "Having a fish feed mill here in Indiana will greatly cut the transportation costs for producers."

The new feed mill at Bell will have a capacity to produce two million pound of feed per month - and soybean meal will be one of the high quality ingredients used in feed formulations.


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