Dakota City farm family grows fish business
DAKOTA CITY, Neb. – A farm family in Dakota City has been farming for five generations, but the current family members are growing their family business by farming fish.
In a state where agriculture is king, Scott Garwood and his family farm thousands of Australian freshwater barramundi in large tanks in a warehouse as a part of Cardinal Farms. The fish is known as Asian sea bass because it has a similar taste and texture.
The business is growing due to global demand outpacing the number of fish in the sea. With demand increasing, many have turned to alternative sources like indoor aquaculture.
Farmers are jumping on the green food production trend, because the farmed fish have almost no chance of spreading disease or mutations in the wild. The tanks also can be placed anywhere because farmers control the quality and temperature of the water.