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
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.
American Farm Bureau not dumping direct payments
American Farm Bureau Federation leaders know passing a new farm bill in the current budget environment will be difficult. But those leaders are not yet ready to give up on farm program benefits such as direct payments, an AFBF spokesman said.
Cotton Outlook A index at 15-year high
As New York December cotton futures continue to bounce around the dollar per pound mark, growers are getting another lesson in the old axiom that the cure for low prices is, well, low prices.
Peterson introduces bill voiding NPDES permit rule
A U.S. 6th Circuit Court ruling that would require a permitting system for all applications of pesticides over or near bodies of water is beginning to attract congressional attempts to override the ruling and restore FIFRA as the governing document for those applications.
EPA's NPDES permit plans 'too optimistic' 1
CropLife America president says EPA's timetable for developing, implementing and enforcing its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit is overly optimistic.
Damper for wheat markets?
Traders on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and Chicago Mercantile Exchange were looking for more bullish news in USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Sept. 10.
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