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  • MU Chancellor visit Osage Catfisheries

  • The University of Missouri reached out to the Lake of the Ozarks Thursday morning in an arena not usually associated with the lake.
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  • The University of Missouri reached out to the Lake of the Ozarks Thursday morning in an arena not usually associated with the lake.
    MU Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and several University Extension staff visited Osage Catfisheries on Nichols Road to learn how Extension improves the lives of Missourians through its programs for area farms, businesses, families and communities. Loftin was joined by Michael Ouart, MU Extension vice provost and director, and Todd McCubbin, Mizzou Alumni Association executive director, along with about half a dozen MU staffers.
    Steve Kahrs, whose family has owned Osage Catfisheries since it was founded in 1953, briefed Loftin and the others on aquaculture and how it impacts the national and international aquatic markets. The business, now owned and managed by Kahrs and his brother, Pete, is a worldwide supplier of aquatic species for toxicity studies, laboratory use and biological research.
    Osage Catfisheries was founded by their father, Jim, in 1953. It’s been providing fish and fish products to domestic and international partners since then, and is known for supplying high-quality seed stock of many different types of Missouri and Mississippi Valley warm-water fish species.
    The MU Extension Business Development Program staff work with businesses like Osage Catfisheries to assist them in starting, managing and growing their businesses domestically and internationally.
    The Kahrs family has been recognized as one of Missouri’s outstanding agribusinesses. Because of the company’s emphasis on genetic integrity and personal service, the business has been able to avoid the losses due to disease that occur in other parts of the United States.
    Paddlefish production began in 1981 after the headlines about declining wild sturgeon populations in the Caspian Sea. A paddlefish ranching program was started under the auspices of L’Osage Caviar Company to offer an alternative to wild-caught caviar.
    Chancellor Loftin and the Extension staff went from Osage Beach to the Hickory County Senior Center in Wheatland to speak on Extension’s role in helping Missouri businesses export their products around the world.
     
     

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