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
Farm bill jumps presidential hurdle, becomes official law
President Obama signs 2014 farm bill, sweeping in major changes to how the federal government handles farm-related, commodity programs.
Quick recap of STAX cotton program in farm bill
How will the new cotton STAX program operate?
U.S. cotton market to dance between 77 and 88 cents in 2014
When cotton market gets into the 84-cent to 85-cent area the interest from mills to buy cotton starts dropping rather dramatically.
High Cotton Awards Program enters its 20th year
High Cotton Award winners are Danny Darnell, Hillsboro, Ala., Southeast; Kenneth Hood, Gunnison, Miss., Delta; Steven Beakley, Ennis,Texas, Southwest; and Clyde Sharp, Roll, Ariz., Far West.
Cotton resistant to root-knot nematodes unveiled
When aldicarb was withdrawn from the U.S. market, cotton farmers began worrying about how they would deal with root-knot nematodes and other troublesome underground pests. Monsanto plans to introduce a new Bollgard 2, Roundup Ready Flex variety resistant to root-knot nematodes in 2014.
Endangered, species, lawsuit, California, judge, dismisses
California judge dismisses Endangered Species Act 'Mega' lawsuit
A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit which claimed the registration by EPA of more than 380 chemicals without consultations with other agencies could negatively impact 214 endangered species in 49 states.
Brazil case continues to stalk cotton industry
The U.S. cotton industry has a lot at stake in the debate over writing a new farm bill, but U.S. cotton producers have more to lose than other U.S. commodity group if Congress fails to address one overriding issue.
Grower survey shows 9.01 million cotton acres in 2013
Southeast cotton acres could drop by 18.5 percent in 2013, according to the National Cotton Council’s 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
Cotton producers, other farmers may see steeper budget cuts in new farm bill
Cotton producers and other row crop farmers may get an unpleasant surprise when the House and Senate Agriculture Committees begin trying to restart the farm bill process sometime during the next few months.
2013 Farm Press High Cotton winners announced
Cotton has had its ups and downs in the last few years. But that hasn’t stopped the winners of this year’s Cotton Foundation/Farm Press High Cotton awards from trying to produce the best and most environmentally-friendly crops they can.
Fiscal cliff agreement could include farm bill language
The longer President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner argue over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” tax and spending crisis, the less likely farmers are to get a new farm bill in time for the 2013 crops.
New CI irrigation book aims at getting the ‘most crop for the drop’
Ed Barnes bristles when someone criticizes cotton farmers for using too much water.
Southern Crop Production Association elects officers
At its annual meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., the Southern Crop Production Association’s board of directors ratified the selection of Jeff Cassady, a regional manager for Bayer CropScience based in Reidsville, N.C., as its president for 2013-14.
Former inspector says organic food inspections lacking
Mischa Popoff grew up on an organic grain farm and spent some of his early working career as an organic crop inspector in British Columbia.
Cotton varieties tested on-farm in new CI program
Cotton Incorporated and land-grant universities are beginning a new on-farm testing program aimed at helping fill the ‘knowledge gap’ on new cotton variety releases.
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