From the kitchen table to the boardroom table, USDA brings people together across the nation for: healthier food, natural resources and people; a stronger agricultural industry; and economic growth, jobs and innovation. Each Friday, meet those farmers, producers and landowners through our #FridaysOnTheFarm stories. Visit local farms, ranches, forests and resource areas where USDA customers and partners do right and feed everyone.
Curtis Hemmel is the owner and operator of Bay Shellfish Company, one of the largest and oldest operations in the southeast United States to produce bivalve seed for the clam and oyster farming industry. The hatchery was one of the many operations devastated by Hurricane Irma in 2017. This Friday, travel to Terra Ceia Island, Florida, to see how Bay Shellfish Company recovered after the storm.
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