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Minnesota—trū Shrimp’s Use of Soybeans


Andy Tauer, the new executive director of the Indiana-based Soy Aquaculture Alliance, said, “The more you study [aquaculture] technology and the research that is being done, you start to see...vast up, particularly for soybean farmers.”


Since its beginning nearly three years ago, trū Shrimp has used feed that is 45 percent related to soybeans, a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.  “We’ need about 18 million pounds of feed each year to feed one of our harbors [farms],” says trū Shrimp CEO Michael Ziebell.  “We’ve been working with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council to develop a research path to better utilize the qualities of the soybeans.  We hope that’s an ongoing effort as we explore how we provide better and safer nutrition for the shrimp.”


trū Shrimp hopes to have three shrimp farms in Minnesota within five years, producing an estimated 25 million pounds of shrimp.  “When we build those harbors [farms], we will be bigger than the entire [shrimp farming] industry in the United States,” Ziebell said.  “We’ve got a ways to go, but we’ve already come a long way.”


The company hopes to commence construction on a $48-million production facility in Luverne, Minnesota, by summer 2018, and it has another farm planned for Lamberton, Minnesota.


Information: Michael Ziebell, trū Shrimp Systems, 330 3rd Street, Balaton, Minnesota 56115, USA (Phone 1-844-220-7574, Email,



Source: Morning AgClips.  Soybean Business: A New Era of Protein/Nothing Small About Growing Shrimp Industry in Minnesota.  November 12, 2017.

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