The state of Louisiana is upping the bounty on Nutria rodents that devour and ruin thousands of acres of marshland in coastal Louisiana yearly. As marshland disappears, coastal Louisiana has become increasingly vulnerable to the effects of major storms when hit. However, a ramped-up market for the meat of Nutria could help the state reverse course on the destruction caused by the swamp rodent.
The time to get crops like soy beans, cotton and corn in the ground have come and gone for many farmers in the Mississippi Delta. Months of flooding from record rainfall and backed up waterways, which were shut off from draining into the Mississippi River, has flooded more than a million acres of land and squandered away the growing season.