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Yazoo City’s Simmons Catfish Becomes Corporate Donor for Southern Foodways Alliance, UM Institute

Simmons Farm Raised Catfish of Yazoo City, Miss., has joined the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) as the organization’s newest corporate donor.

The mission of the SFA, an institute of the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture (CSSC), is to document, study and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Harry Simmons Jr. is the founder and president of Simmons Catfish. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he began to farm catfish in 1976 following a period of service in the National Guard. In 1982, he founded Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, integrating an on-site processing facility into his existing farming operation.

Of the company’s gift to the SFA, Simmons said, “With catfish being fundamental to Southern cooking and the core of my family’s business, I am pleased to support the SFA in its work. SFA uniquely promotes Southern culture and traditional foods, making our relationship a perfect fit.”

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