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Indiana Shrimp Farm Brings Seafood Closer To Home

One backyard pond in Martin County, Indiana has been providing freshwater shrimp to Midwestern seafood lovers for seven years.

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Photo: Alex Roy (for WTIU)

According to the Department of Agriculture, the U.S. imported over 6 billion pounds of shrimp from southeast Asia. Tim Connor can harvest a fraction of that (450 pounds) from his pond in Martin County, Indiana.

Seafood lovers no longer need to look solely to Asian countries or the oil-ravaged gulf region to buy their shrimp. Four farms in Indiana are proving that you can produce shrimp in the land-locked Midwest.

Tim Connor has been raising shrimp in his backyard in Martin County, Indiana for seven years. He can harvest up of 450 pounds of shrimp from his 3/4 acre pond.

“I believe our shrimp – the freshwater shrimp, that we grow with the grain fed and everything – they’re quality is much better than what we get from the Asian Countries,” says Connor.

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Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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