White House officials announced on Tuesday they have purchased a farm and will begin processing salmon, trout, shrimp, and mussels in the state.
The farm will be a partnership between the White House and a private, non-profit organization, the farm will provide a growing aquaculture industry in Wisconsin, and the White Houses decision to acquire the farm marks the first farm purchase in the United States that has not been funded by federal subsidies.
White House spokesman Marc Lotter told reporters Tuesday the purchase of the farm in rural western Wisconsin was made with a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“This will provide our farmers and our partners with an opportunity to expand their market to an even broader audience,” Lotter said.
“The White House is a leader in aquacultural agriculture and this acquisition will add to the White’s international appeal to the world.
We look forward to working with the local community, and we will continue to partner with private sector partners in Wisconsin.”
The purchase of White House farm follows similar deals by other agricultural entities.
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau announced last week that it had bought a farm in the region, which it plans to expand and maintain.
In November, the USDA purchased a fish farm in Florida from a local company for $500,000.
The USDA purchased an aquaculturist’s farm in Mississippi from a group of investors in 2016 for $2.8 million.