Forrest Laws

Director of Content,
Penton Media Agriculture Group

Forrest Laws, director of content for the Penton Media Agriculture Group, spent 10 years with a metropolitan daily newspaper before joining Delta Farm Press in 1980. He has written extensively on farm production practices, crop marketing, farm legislation, environmental regulations and alternative energy. He now oversees the content creation for Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Press and for BEEF, Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and National Hog Farmer. He resides in Memphis, Tenn..

Glyphosate ‘not likely to cause cancer to humans,’ EPA says
The Environmental Protection Agency apparently has decided glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and a number of generic “look-a-like” herbicides, is not likely to be carcinogenic to humans.
'Perfect storm’ created for dicamba injury in Mid-South
Still surprised at how far dicamba could move after it was sprayed illegally in Mid-South fields this summer.
EPA blasted for ‘lack of science’ and being politically motivated 1
A Scientific Advisory Panel is questioning EPA’s proposed use of a controversial Columbia University epidemiological study as the basis for a decision on whether to cancel pesticide registrations.
Senate passes Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling bill, preempts Vermont's
Congress moved a step closer to providing a uniform method of labeling foods containing genetically-modified or GMO ingredients and eliminating a potential “patch-work quilt” of state labeling laws such as the one passed in Vermont last year.
Corn, soybean rally rolls on but for how long? What you need to know
The news from the grain markets continues to surprise growers who had all but given up hope they would ever see $10 soybeans – let alone $11 ones – again.
Get the details of new cotton ginning, cost-share program
Cotton Ginning Cost Share Payments will be calculated by multiplying certified acres times regional payment rate times a producer’s share of the crop.
EPA’s new stance on pesticide regulations costs farmers, worries others
EPA, acting outside of FIFRA, has had an adversarial relationship with crop protection chemical manufacturers and other groups since it was created during the Nixon administration in 1972.
Agriculture has real enemies, says a congressional chief of staff
"Sometimes people from back home ask, 'Why can't we get this done?'" said Ray Starling, chief of staff for Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C. "I have to explain it's because we have a real enemy on the issue."
EPA classifies glyphosate as ‘not likely carcinogenic’ then pulls report
EPA appears to have published an official classification of glyphosate as “not likely to be carcinogenic.” But the status of the action is unclear because EPA pulled the committee’s report offline.
US farmers on path to worst fiscal troubles in two decades
Based on the records for 63 representative crop farms maintained by Texas A&M University’s Agricultural and Food Policy Center, many of the nation’s commercial crop farms face highly uncertain futures over the next four years.
Sen. Grassley authors bill to stop ‘farm subsidy loophole’
Farmers already being hammered by low commodity prices and a reduced safety net in the 2014 farm bill may face additional challenges if new legislation introduced by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, gains passage.
Cotton ginning cost-share program for farmers floats in Washington
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack open to other avenues of assistance to cotton producers, including a cost-share program to pay for part of a producer’s ginning costs.
2016 High Cotton winners represent the best of the best
2016 High Cotton Award winners are Larry McClendon, Marianna, Ark.; George Warbington Vienna, Ga.; Bill Lovelady, Tornillo, Texas; and Dennis Palmer, Thatcher, Ariz.
Brake herbicide gets registration for use on cotton
EPA has granted a Section 3 registration for the application of Brake herbicide pre-emergence in cotton, providing growers with a different mode of action to use in their ongoing struggle with herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth.
Less cotton in Southeast but more total US acres in 2016, survey says
U.S. cotton farmers will increase their acres in 2016 despite the less-than-rosy forecast for cotton future prices, according to the National Cotton Council’s Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
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