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
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.
Smart phones, apps helping farmers achieve greater efficiency
Twenty-five years ago CB radios were all the rage. Then came cell phones. Now smart phones are taking the consumer world by storm.
Stabenow bill would end direct payments, strengthen crop insurance
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow has released a new draft farm bill that would eliminate direct payments, but increase risk management provisions while reducing farm program expenditures by $23 billion.
Cotton Council seeking other options besides ‘one-size-fits-all’ farm bill
Mid-South cotton and grain farmers are no strangers to uncertainty in their farming operations.
Commodity groups set crop insurance as top farm bill priority
Four of the nation’s major farm organizations have released a statement saying that an affordable crop insurance program will be their No. 1 priority for the 2012 farm bill debate.
Farm Press High Cotton winners faced challenges galore in 2011
While they may not be big fans, each of the winners of this year’s High Cotton Awards can relate to TV’s Survivor contestants.
Raising corn yield gains not ‘rocket science’
If U.S. corn growers continue to increase yields at the rate they’ve been doing for the last 55 years, they should be able to reach the fabled national average yield goal of 300 bushels per acre by around, oh, 2086.
Obama budget proposal targets direct payments 1
Direct payments appear to be going down for the count and, barring some miracle, will probably not be bouncing back off the congressional canvas this time around.
NCC advocates change in course on farm policy
Traditional farm programs have served cotton — and other commodities — well over the decades.
Committee caps farm payment eligibility at $250,000
The House Appropriations Committee has approved an amendment that will limit farm program payments to producers with incomes of no more than $250,000 a year and shift the savings to federal nutrition programs.
High Cotton winners not resting on laurels
130 years. Between them, that’s how long this year’s Farm Press High Cotton Award winners have been farming. But, while they may have had a lot of opportunities to become set in their ways, these farmers rarely shy away from trying new technologies that will help them grow cotton profitably and in an environmentally friendly manner.
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