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Alabama
Gulf States Tighten Up After Audit Of Catfish Programs
(2008-08-15)
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Alabama, Mississippi and other Gulf states have changed the way they distribute federal grants to catfish farmers after an audit found that millions of dollars in hurricane aid may have gone to farmers who suffered little or no losses.

The new approach is in response to a federal Agriculture Department report last fall that said lax oversight led to ``significant disparities'' in how states distributed grants after the devastating 2005 hurricane season that included Katrina, Rita and other storms.

The audit reviewed $25 million in grants that USDA's Farm Services Agency gave catfish farmers and other ``aquaculture'' operations such as crawfish and shrimp farms.

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