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.

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.
Florida citrus industry perking up as producers eye more grove acreage 3
A summer survey by Florida Citrus Mutual (flcitrusmutual.com), the state’s largest growers’ association, shows producers desire to increase grove acreage. Some 40 percent of respondents plan to do more business with nurseries supplying young trees.
Beltwide session to address irrigation options, update research
The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conference is set to run from Jan. 7-10 in San Antonio.
Jousting continues over Renewable Fuel Standard mandate
On Thursday (Oct. 11), the USDA’s downward revision of the drought-hit U.S. corn crop (from 10.73 billion bushels to 10.71 billion bushels) was followed by an unsurprising rise in the market price for the commodity, which hit over $7.74 per bushel.
Farm bill expires, planning for 2013 in limbo 1
Oct. 1 was the first day of the 2008 farm bill’s expiration.
Boehner confirms no farm bill until lame duck session
On Thursday morning (Sept. 20), House Speaker John Boehner confirmed the House will not take up the “farm bill issue” until after the November elections. Current law is set to expire at the end of this month.
Produce crews warily monitoring fallout from immigration labor laws
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with Arizona’s controversial immigration law, what will happen in states with similar laws? What will be the impact on produce operations that rely on migrant work crews?
Farm Bill Now rally ups pressure to pass new farm bill
Backed by 88 agriculture organizations and associations, the recently-formed Farm Bill Now coalition held a Wednesday rally on Capitol Hill aiming to push lawmakers to move a new farm bill.
Stabenow: farm bill impasse ‘absolutely unacceptable’
Having again failed to schedule floor time for a new farm bill despite expiration of current law on Sept. 30, House leadership is unlikely to be moved to action by a fellow lawmaker’s scathing critique.
Isaac, crop damage and passing a new farm bill
During a Thursday morning (Aug. 30) press conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed Hurricane Isaac’s effect on Southern crops and held out hope that a new farm bill can be passed by Congress before current law expires on Sept. 30.
Deadline approaches as new farm bill lingers
The clock is ticking with just over a month remaining until the current farm bill expires.
Global food market nervous, eyes U.S. corn crop
With the 2008 food-price riots in developing nations still fresh in mind, non-governmental agency analysts are wary of where this year’s diminishing U.S. corn yields might lead.
President pressures Congress to pass new farm bill 1
Following a Tuesday (Aug. 7) meeting with the White House Rural Council, President Obama ratcheted up pressure on Congress to pass a new farm bill calling the legislation “the single-best way that we can help rural communities … in the short term, but also in the long term.”
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