David Bennett

Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

WTO rules against U.S. Country of Origin Labeling requirements
“Country of Origin Labeling not only drives up compliance costs for our domestic producers, but the WTO’s ruling against the rule will now allow for billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. exports.” -- Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford.
Wet, cool start results in issues for 2015 Arkansas rice
There have been a lot of early-season issues with the Arkansas rice crop. A lot of them have to do with general stand establishment problems. Seedling disease is part of that, but so is the recent wet weather and cool temperatures.
Hearing on pollinators highlights USDA/EPA rift
Terse letter from USDA to EPA takes center stage during House pollinator health hearing.
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Estate planning for farmers: a basic primer
Farm families have the same issues as families from other professions. “As estate planners, we mustn’t get stuck into one thing and think that’s all these families care about,” said Stan Miller of Little Rock-based McChain, Miller & Nissman.
Malcolm Broome: Evangelist for the peanut
Malcolm Broome is an evangelist for the peanut – understandable since he’s the executive director of the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
Payment limitations and estate planning for farmers: avoiding pitfalls
“Payment limitations run into conflicts with estate planners all the time. What we spend a couple of months putting together, estate planners can destroy overnight.” -- Robert Serio.
Crop irrigation well
Mississippi versus Memphis in major water dispute
“Back in 2005, Mississippi filed its first complaint against the city and the water utility. Mississippi argues that the water within the borders of the state is a sovereign resource that Tennessee has no right to.” -- Stephanie Showalter Otts, director of the National Sea Grant Law Center.
Is water quality trading coming to the Mid-South?
New market possible for Mid-South producers?
Troubles with barnyardgrass not abating
“We now have three counties with barnyardgrass resistance to four modes of action. We have seven classes of chemistry to control barnyardgrass in rice." -- Bob Scott, Arkansas weed specialist.
Load Judge Kit
Real-time technology reduces grain loading uncertainty
South Dakota farmer Shawn Gengerke developed the Load Judge, real-time technology that reduces the uncertainty in grain loading.
Mid-South conservation projects receive NRCS funding
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced the first set of projects it will be funding to improve water quality in critical watersheds. The $100 million that will be spent over the life of the 2014 farm bill will also “strengthen agricultural operations” according to the department.
How might forestry be impacted by Waterways of the U.S. rule?
It isn’t just row crop agriculture that is fearful of the EPA’s Waterways of the U.S. (WOTUS) proposed rule. If implemented, the rule would also have a tremendous impact on forestry.
EPA sends revised Waterways of U.S. rule to review
"What you’d see is farmers not being able to farm or maintain their ability to do so. Future generations wouldn’t want to farm because of all the regulatory burdens." -- Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.
Grain dealer oversight moves into Arkansas legislative spotlight
“Honestly, depending on what information comes out of the court case and bankruptcy proceedings, there may be several phases of legislation that plug holes exposed by Turner (Grain).” -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
Water issues key focus in Arkansas
"We keep hearing ‘agriculture will be exempt.’ But until that’s abundantly clear, we won’t be backing any rule with such ambiguity.” -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
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