David Bennett

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.

Articles
House leadership lambasted for farm bill intransigence
A prolonged drought across a wide swath of rural America has left farmers and ranchers in an increasingly precarious financial situation.
On the precipice: severe drought, declining yields, marketing advice
Official parameters to declare a full-on, serious drought for the Corn Belt may not yet have been met.
House Agriculture Committee mark-up tackles Commodity Title, nutrition programs
The House Agriculture Committee tackled the Commodity Title and nutrition programs in the early session of Wednesday’s farm bill mark-up.
Senate farm bill amendment votes phase reached
With a vote on the Senate farm bill expected sometime this week, lawmakers will continue with votes on a series of wide-ranging amendments on Wednesday.
Senate farm bill programs would mean tough choices for farmers
As the Senate tackles the farm bill, new analysis of the legislation shows if it passes producers will have some tough decisions to make.
Senate farm bill debate slows as procedural issues surface 1
Following a 90-8 bipartisan vote to proceed with the Senate farm bill debate, there was guarded optimism the legislation would have a relatively smooth ride through the chamber. Such optimism didn’t last long.
Senate farm bill’s crop insurance, shallow-loss programs under fire
Critics of the Senate’s proposed farm bill continue to pop up from all over the political spectrum.
Full Senate to take up farm bill, FAPRI report issued
Senate leadership has placed the farm bill second on its to-do list when the body returns from recess next week.
Crop insurance and the next farm bill
With crop insurance destined to be a key component of the next farm bill, what are insurance agents keeping a close eye on as the legislation takes shape?
Ethanol study points to major savings at the gas pump 1
Several years ago, a study produced by Iowa State University’s Center for Agricultural and Rural Development found that, between 2000 and 2010, the benefits of ethanol included reducing U.S. wholesale gasoline prices by nearly 28 cents per gallon nationwide.
DOL regulatory back-down calms family farm tempest
The U.S. Department of Labor’s recent decision to withdraw the proposed rule dealing with family farms and child labor calmed a months-long storm in rural America.
Criticism heavy during farm bill markup
There is no argument that the farm bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee last Thursday was bipartisan.
Climate change: What’s the potential impact on Florida agriculture?
Are we ready for continuing record-breaking warm temperatures and their consequences? According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), March this year was the warmest since records began to be compiled in 1895.
New water/nutrient regs: an added challenge for growers
Since late 2010, desiring to monitor nutrient levels in Florida waters, the EPA has sought to implement its proposed “Water Quality Standards for the State of Florida’s Lakes and Flowing Waters.”
Florida’s tug of war over fresh water supplies intensifies
The tug-of-war over finite water resources is only becoming more intense. Agriculture must have its portion for irrigation, while industry and municipalities must have theirs.
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