Joseph Allison Kyser


Joe Kyser was a pioneer in catfish production in west Alabama. He built the first production ponds for catfish in the State in the 1960s and was instrumental in development of what has become a $100 million agricultural industry in Alabama.

Mr Kyser remained a leader in catfish production until his retirement in the mid-1980s. He continued to raise beef cattle until his death in 1995. Mr. Kyser was instrumental in organizing the Catfish Commodity Division of the Alabama Farmers Federation and was a charter member of that organization. He helped establish many local production credit associations and federal land bank associations across the state and served as a member of the Federal Farm Credit Board during the Reagan administration.

From his original 10 four-acre catfish ponds, he helped develop an industry in west Alabama that includes over 25,000 surface acres of water and employs over 2,500 people. Through his work in developing agricultural lending agencies, Mr. Kyser was instrumental in the success of many agribusiness enterprises statewide.