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.

Southern agriculture gets legislative boost
Some good news: Agriculture in the South is set to get a boost of legislative gravitas and influence in 2013.
USDA chief economist: Bear stalks 2013 grains
A rebound from last year’s drought-stricken farmland means a bear is poised to bat down high grain prices.
‘Alternative sequestration’ proposal would end direct payments
Attempting to keep automatic spending cuts from taking effect on March 1, Senate Democrats, with White House backing, have proposed an alternative to the sequester.
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.
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