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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley recognized the state's catfish industry with a luncheon at a downtown Montgomery restaurant that featured farm-grown catfish.
The luncheon Wednesday was attended by state officials, catfish farmers and producers.
Bentley noted that Alabama ranks 2nd nationally in terms of catfish sales and that catfish rank fifth in sales receipts among all commodities in Alabama.
The governor said catfish is an important industry for the state's economy partly because much of the state's catfish are produced in Alabama's economically depressed Black Belt region in west Alabama. He said 44 percent of the state's catfish are produced in Hale County in west Alabama. Other top producing counties are Greene, Dallas, Perry, Marengo and Sumter — all in west Alabama.