Shrimp Farming in Nebraska? You heard it right.
In a state where livestock products account for about two-thirds of farm income with beef cattle the leading source, two Nebraska farm families are making the leap to raising shrimp.
Rock Creek Aquaculture, near Diller in southeast Nebraska and Nebraska Shrimp Company, near Carleton in the southcentral part of the state will be raising Pacific White Shrimp primarily for retail sales throughout the region. The families view this diversification of their farming operations as a means of providing a future on the farm for the next generation.
Owned by the Pretzer family, Rock Creek Aquaculture, is definitely a family affair for Scott, Holli, and their children Reid and Skylar. They converted an existing hog barn for their operation and began selling shrimp earlier this summer.
Nebraska Shrimp Company is constructing a new building and is expected to be in operation later this fall. Dietrich Brinegar, who will return to the farm upon college graduation, operates Nebraska Shrimp with his father Stewart.
Shrimp from both companies will be available for retail sale at their respective locations and at local farmer’s markets as production increases.
Both facilities are served electrically by Norris Public Power District a wholesale customer of Nebraska Public Power District.
Some information for this article courtesy Norris Electric NewsMagazine