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Authored by Carole R. Engle, Engle-Stone Aquatic$ LLC, Adjunct Faculty, VA Seafood AREC, Virginia Tech; Jonathan van Senten, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Seafood AREC & Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech; and Gary Fornshell, Aquaculture Results LLC, Extension Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho

This resource is available as a PDF only.

Idaho is the leading trout-producing state in the U.S. In 2018, Idaho produced 56% of the national production of foodsized trout (27.6 million pounds) (USDA-NASS 2019). This fact sheet focuses on costs of producing trout for foodfish. An enterprise budget can be useful to provide a general estimate of average costs, returns, profitability, and breakeven prices (costs per lb of production) of a farm. It should be viewed as a guide in terms of what types of expenses are likely to occur and, for an average year, whether the trout business would be expected to be profitable or not. 

Photo credit Gary Fornshell.

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Publication Date

February 8, 2021