From boats to barns, Midwest salt bed could shift seafood market inland

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

The Midwest has long been considered America’s breadbasket, a bountiful agricultural hub cultivating corn, soybeans, wheat and oats. Rearing cows and hogs has been a family tradition for some farmers who support a market of fresh meat and dairy.

Great Lakes states like Illinois support a moderate market for supply of freshwater fish despite decades of overfishing and competition with invasive species. But be it shrimp or sea bass, the coasts have been the envy of the nation’s heartland when it comes to locally sourced seafood.

That could be coming to an end.

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