A Paragould Family is Harvesting Freshwater Shrimp

September 30, 2004--Posted at 6:30 p.m. CDT

sARAGOULD--Harvest season is well underway here in Region 8. Farmers are cutting rice and cotton harvesting is underway, but there's another harvest going on that may surprise you.

Ron and Tracy Pigue of Paragould are stepping outside of the box when it comes to farming. The Paragould natives are raising freshwater shrimp...prawns to be exact, practically in their backyard.

"It's different.  I farmed all my life and it's a lot like that." said Ron Pigue.

Shrimp is usually shipped to this part of the world but according to Ron, they're not that great by the time they make it all the way here. So he decided to raise his own.

"It's a lot of high risk but it's fun. I've never been afraid of a challenge. and a challenge is what he gets every time he harvests.

One of Ron's workers loves to eat the shrimp so much, he gets paid in shrimp instead of dollars.

" These are some of the best shrimp I've ever had. They taste like shrimp and lobster at the same time, with crab legs on the side." said George.

The Pigue's sell the shrimp at their shop, Delta Crawfish. It's located on Highway 412 in Paragould. For more information log onto www.DeltaCrawfish.com.