Forrest Laws

Forrest
Laws
Director of Content,
Farm Press

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
Rising cost of production spurred cotton’s efforts to find relief
As cotton market revenues and costs of production widened, cotton industry sought government assistance to help producers narrow the gap.
Cotton prices rise on commodity funds and fundamentals
The recent jump in cotton futures is being attributed to buying by commodity hedge funds, but there are reasons the funds moved in, analysts say.
Good markets, weather needed to help finish Louisiana rice harvest
Christian Richard and other Louisiana farmers are hoping for market improvements, good weather as they finish out their 2016 rice crops.
Sustainability, identity preservation keys to rice future
Horizon Ag General Manager Tim Walker says sustainability "buzzword" not meaningful unless its accompanied by profitability for rice farmers.
Loyant herbicide could help with ‘big players’ in fight with weeds
Dow AgroSciences is conducting extensive testing of its Loyant herbicide in anticipation of registration of the product in rice in late 2017 or early 2018.
Rolling terrain, irrigation pushing wheat yields significantly higher
West Tennessee producer Chris Minton is looking at significantly higher wheat yields following mild winter and good management techniques on all of his fields.
Making withdrawals without deposits can lead to shortfalls in crops
Grain harvests are removing nutrients as well as grain -- nutrients that need to be replaced if crops are to continue to produce economic yields.
History repeating itself in the 2014 farm bill, peanut expert says
National Center for Peanut Competitiveness leader says farmers need to be aware of looming payment limit problems from peanut PLC payments.
Another reason for cover crops: Stop nutrient losses into streams
University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture scientists use SWAT model to illustrate how winter cover crops can help reduce soil, nutrient losses.
Senate passes Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling bill, preempts Vermont's
Senate votes for Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling bill, sending it to House. Critics continue to complain about loopholes.
Farm Press Survival Strategy Summit Video now available
Watch a group of Mid-South farmers' assessments of the agricultural economic climate in 2016 in a video filmed at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
Getting up to speed on the new Worker Protection Standard
EPA's new Worker Protection Standard rules will begin taking effect next January. Extension specialists such as Kim Pope Brown are working to help farmers prepare.
Louisiana rice community gathers to celebrate crop at field day
Rice producers gathered at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley, La., for the 107th year to learn about new technologies and visit with old friends.
LSU Rice Research Station enjoys good weather, crowds for field day
Several hundred rice farmers gathered to hear the latest on new technology issues at 107th annual Rice Research Station Field Day.
Raising taxes on Louisiana agriculture a losing proposition
Solving Louisiana's budget crisis -- and not harming its $12-billion agricultural sector -- will take teamwork and common-sense approach, Ag Commissioer says.
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