Our story tonight is about salt. And rice.
The salt came from the Gulf's seawater. It shoved its way 35 miles inland to Forked Island, La. and Charles Broussard's Flying J Ranch. It flooded his rice fields and soaked them for two weeks.
When it was finally pumped out, it left a salty, white residue on anything worth harvesting. The cows have nothing to graze. And now, Broussard is afraid every time he tills the soil, that salt will contaminate the soil deeper and deeper.
Is Louisiana facing a looming farm crisis? Broussard thinks so. And that's bad news for a state where agriculture -- everything from sugar to rice to cattle -- is every bit as important as gambling.
We're hanging out with the cows right now. They're nice enough, but I don't think they like Al.