Forrest Laws

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..

Articles
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.
US cotton industry tries to avoid economic disaster … again 1
Over the decades, cotton’s leaders have managed to pull a number of “rabbits out of their hats” just when it seemed the industry was going down for the count because of a combination of low prices, pest problems or high input costs.
Dow AgroSciences will work to restore Sulfoxaflor registrations
“As a result of the extensive data currently available on sulfoxaflor, Dow AgroSciences expects the pollinator protection concerns to be readily and thoroughly addressed by EPA through further review of scientific data.”
South Carolina well-positioned to grow agriculture by 2020: Part III
South Carolina Department of Agriculture, other SC institutions well-positioned to move state's agriculture to the next level, commissioner says.
South Carolina aiming for $50 billion in ag sales by 2020: Part II
South Carolina's Certified SC Grown program helping agribusiness sector expand economic impact and increase jobs for South Carolinians, Ag Commissioner says.
South Carolina farmers looking for better times: Part I
South Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers says gap between insurance coverage and farm losses in devastating floods will be about $200 million.
Hay acres, quality on the rise in Southeast, contest shows
Southeast hay growers are increasing yields and quality despite the curves Mother Nature keeps throwing them.
Another Sunbelt Expo goes into the record books
Chip Blalock says "Chamber of Commerce weather," new products and Farmer of Year awards combined to make 2015 edition a memorable one for Sunbelt Expo.
Lifelong farmer wins Sunbelt Expo Farmer of Year honor
Sunbelt Expo Farmer of the Year Danny Kornegay says all he ever wanted to do was farm and feels blessed to have been able to make it a career.
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