Labor & Environmental Conference

Louisiana Farmers Awash in Relief as "Waters" Rule Sinks

Louisiana Farmers Awash in Relief as "Waters" Rule Sinks

By Neil Melancon, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

NEW ORLEANS--With the EPA rescinding the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule under the Clean Water Act this week, Louisiana farmers and ranchers should have felt refreshed.

For many here at the 95th Annual Convention of the Louisiana Farm Bureau here, it's also rescinding an ocean of fear that has washed over the state since WOTUS was passed. The rule would have over-regulated not only Louisiana agriculture, but everyone in the state.

Personal Boundaries: One Rancher Struggles With Drug Cartels As Ag Struggles with Farm Labor Shortage

Personal Boundaries: One Rancher Struggles With Drug Cartels As Ag Struggles with Farm Labor Shortage

By Neil Melancon, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation

NEW ORLEANS - More than 50,000 acres of ranchland baking in the Arizona summer sun would be a tough challenge for anyone.

At 77 years old, it would seem like it for owner and rancher Jim Chilton.  He’s used to it by now, though, handling his horses and barbed wire fences with a spryness that belies his age. What he’s never gotten used to, however, is the drug cartels that cross his land daily.