David Bennett

Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

Climate change reports warn of major agriculture, forestry impacts
The USDA has released two comprehensive reports on expected effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry.
Approaching crop insurance properly side-steps tricky situations
Farmers can avoid some tricky situations if they approach federal crop insurance properly.
Fully understanding farmland leases a must
Farmland is valuable and much money rides on cropland leases.
Growers must strictly comply with crop insurance provisions
The policy between the producer and an insurance company isn’t just a standard insurance policy — it’s federal law.
Immigration reform takes spotlight
Leaders in the House and Senate are vowing that immigration reform will take a large portion of the legislative spotlight this year.
Reid vows to make new farm bill legislative priority
After vowing to make a new, five-year farm bill a legislative priority in 2013, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is being backed by farm state lawmakers and agricultural groups.
Higher wheat yields, better breeding to follow genome mapping?
Higher yields and better breeding of wheat — which accounts for some 20 percent of the earth’s population calorie intake — are promised in the wake of researchers recently unlocking the genome of the crop.
Farm Bureau president looks back, forward during annual meeting address
On Sunday morning (Jan. 13), Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president, took to the podium at the opening of the AFBF annual meeting carrying a long list of farm country issues — both tribulations and triumphs — to highlight.
2008 farm bill extended nine months
The 2008 farm bill has been extended for nine months.
‘Fiscal cliff’ impasse has farm policy on knife’s edge
Farm bills always include a provision suspending the implementation of “permanent law.”
Groups warn against further financial uncertainty in farm country
Without quick resolution of the impasse over budget issues, farm country is well aware of the imminent threats to federal farm programs.
Farm bill leaders: Five-year bill still within reach
Hoping to push a new farm bill across the finish line during the lame duck session, on Thursday (Nov. 29), Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees.
How would ‘ag card’ labor proposal work in Florida? 3
To help alleviate labor shortages in U.S. agriculture, an American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) working group has proposed work authorization for “a limited population of key workers that have agricultural experience and will continue to work in agriculture to remain in status on what we call an ‘ag card.’
Unwelcome visitors: Biological control for invasive pests
Researchers at the Invasive Plant Research Laboratory in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., are busy trying to find biocontrol options for invasive species that threaten native plants.
Industry marshaling forces to combat citrus greening disease threat
Aimed at eliminating citrus greening by “blocking the ability of insects to move the disease from infected trees to healthy ones,” the USDA recently announced a $9 million grant to the Citrus Research and Development Foundation at Lake Alfred, Fla.
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