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..

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.
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.
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