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Will Nobile: Catfish Farmer of the Year

Mississippi catfish farmer Will Nobile was one of three farmers named the Catfish Institute’s 2020 Catfish Farmer of the Year.

Farmers of the Year are chosen annually from a large field of many deserving catfish producers in the U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish industry.

Nobile graduated from Mississippi State University in 2003. He and his father, Jerry, have 650 acres of catfish ponds, a catfish hatchery and 1,500 acres of row crops. Will’s grandfather started the family farm in the 1940s, and his father added catfish in the mid-1980s. Will grew up working on the farm and took over management after graduating from college.

Nobile and his wife, Olivia, live in Moorhead and have two daughters. They are active members of their church and enjoy spending family time together. He serves on the board of directors of Catfish Farmers of America, Catfish Farmers of Mississippi and The Catfish Institute.

Every year, The Catfish Institute (TCI) utilizes the winning farmers in various advertising campaigns. Each farmer is an important part of promoting U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish and raising public awareness of the quality and benefits of eating U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish.


Quarantine catfish


6 to 8, 3 to 5 ounces U.S. farm-raised catfish fillets

1 can green beans

1 can black beans

1 can Rotel tomatoes

1 can whole corn

1 12-ounce pack of smoked sausage

1 stick of butter

1 tablespoon Shapley’s seasoning

1 teaspoon ground pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup of shredded cheese of choice

1 can sliced potatoes

1 medium sweet onion

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Evenly place 6 to 8 U.S. Farm-Raised catfish fillets in a 9 by 13-inch pan. Combine and spread green beans, black beans, corn and Rotel tomatoes over the catfish fillets. Melt one stick of butter and apply it over the entire dish. Add remaining seasoning together and apply evenly over the entire dish. Cut smoked sausage into 1/2 inch slices and spread evenly over the dish. Spread sliced onion and potatoes over fillets. Sprinkle 1 cup of shredded cheese over the dish. Bake for 45 minutes to one hour or until the catfish fillets are flakey to the touch.

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