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.

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.
Concerns over 'actively engaged' and the federal budget
"We feel the 2014 farm bill already provided substantial savings from the agriculture sector. To re-open it only a year after it was signed into law isn’t wise." -- Andrew Grobmyer, Agricultural Council of Arkansas.
Arkansas receives Section 18 for bird repellent in rice
"The real problem areas involve not only high blackbird populations but fields where someone is water-seeding or broadcasting seed. Seed on the soil surface really entices the birds into the field.” -- Jarrod Hardke, Arkansas Extension rice agronomist.
$332 million for Agricultural Conservation Easement Program in 2015
Under the 2014 farm bill, three conservation programs overseen by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service were consolidated under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. USDA has announced that $332 million would be provided for 2015 ACEP projects.
How is the farm bill program signup going?
Val Dolcini gives progress report on signup for Agricultural Act of 2014 programs after USDA decides to give producers an additional week to sign register and get appointment with his FSA colleagues to select the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage options.
How might the California drought impact Southern agriculture?
“One acre of rice provides enough water for six households in southern California for a year. So, there’s always a battle from people farther south wanting water."
Will California drought boost Mid-South rice?
California rice farmers are being offered – and seriously considering – selling their water to municipalities and sitting out the growing season. If those sales are made, might that mean medium-grain rice production would shift to the Mid-South?
Agriculture-related legal issues focus of April 17 meeting
“We’re very focused on farming and practical legal challenges producers are facing -- less of an academic-type conference."
Grain sorghum, Delta Farm Press
Over 300,000 grain sorghum acres in Arkansas?
Expectations increase for grain sorghum acreage bump.
Honeybees and agriculture not on collision course 1
Crops need pollinating and so agriculture and bees are intricately linked. One thing that needs strengthening between farmers and beekeepers is communication.
Moving pawpaws into the mainstream
“What a revelation! The fruit was so much better than what I’d expected."
Faces of the Roy J. Smith Barnyardgrass Workshop
With well over 200 in attendance, the Roy J. Smith Barnyardgrass Workshop was held at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, Ark., on March 9.
What would a ban on neonicotinoids mean?
A major compilation of 15 studies is helping push back calls for the banning of neonicotinoid insecticides, largely to protect pollinators. The study says such a ban would bring with it massive costs for North American farmers.
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