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..

Farmers need to know about tax changes in the Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, contains a number of tax law changes that could impact agricultural producers.
Corn fertility: Can a pre-tassel nitrogen application work better?
Corn farmers are always looking for better ways to do something. That’s part of the concept behind pre-tassel nitrogen application and what it can do to make corn fertility worth the investment in higher yield return.
China still drives U.S. soybean prices, but for how long
U.S. soybean stocks will remain tight through early 2014. As long as China continues to buy U.S. soybeans prices should get good support. But in the second quarter as Brazil and Argentina soybeans hit market, soybean prices likely to collapse.
Court ruling on CRP land puts question to self-employment tax
U.S. Tax Court says non-farmer Texas resident must pay self-employment tax on Conservation Reserve Program land inherited in South Dakota.
Herbicides: Time of day you spray can make a difference
University studies show crop weed herbicide applications made early in the morning when the winds not blowing typically gives much less control than that same application later in the day.
NCC chairman: Get to know well your federal crop insurance agent
The Agriculture Act of 2014 has led to major changes in the delivery of farm program benefits – from a government-oriented to a crop insurance-based program. Cotton farmers need to get on a first-name basis with their local federal crop insurance agent.
Drought top topic at World Ag Expo
Mark Watte, a California pistachio grower, said the cutbacks in California water allocations have an impact that goes far beyond turning off the water to the irrigation canals.
Cotton farmers don't need to lose neonicotinoid insecticides
Environmental groups say neonicotinoid insecticides and other pesticide compounds main culprits in honey bee declines. That's sketchy, though, and the loss neonicotinoids would cut into cotton production profitability.
National Cotton Council survey points to 2014 U.S. cotton acreage increase
With expected abandonment for the United States at roughly 15 percent, Cotton Belt harvested area for 2014 would total 9.59 million acres, according to National Cotton Council producer survey.
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.
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