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..

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.
Conaway: Farm bill gives Vilsack OK for cottonseed designation
K. Michael Conaway says Congress gave the secretary of agriculture specific authority to designate any oilseed – including cottonseed – as “an other oilseed” for farm program purposes.
Commodity certificates available for redeeming cotton marketing loans
USDA grants the cotton industry’s request to allow the purchase of certificates for redeeming commodities from the marketing loan program.
Cotton leaders not ready to throw in the towel on oilseed designation
Cotton groups say they are not giving up the fight to make cottonseed a program crop like soybeans or sesame.
Roundup Ready2 Xtend soybeans available in 2016
Monsanto announced its commercial launch plans for Roundup Ready2 Xtend soybeans after China gave approval for imports of the dicamba herbicide-tolerant oilseeds. The company said the technology will now be available in the U. S. and Canada for the 2016 season.
Ed Duskin finishes ‘great ride’ as lead staff member for SCPA
Ed Duskin handing off the reins at Southern Crop Production Association after more than four decades of service to crop protection industry.
Krysta Harden, a ‘Georgia farm girl,’ leaving USDA
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced she is stepping down from her post at the end of February. Michael Scuse, undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, will become the acting deputy secretary.
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