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
STAX or SCO? Another decision for cotton producers
All farmers have a lot of decisions to make when enrolling in the new farm bill programs, but cotton farmers have one more -- whether to enroll in the Stacked Income Protection Plan or the Supplemental Coverage Option.
Producers must watch payment totals more closely in 2014 farm bill
Farmers have new payment limit language to consider when they begin applying for marketing loans or loan deficiency payments.
How did we get ‘so bad’ in approving new GMO traits?
USDA approvals of GMO traits are lagging far behind schedule while the rest of the world moves ahead with the new technology, BIO executive says.
How did we get here – a tale of myth vs. reality
You would never know it from talking to environmental activists, but GMO foods have a safety record that is unsurpassed among modern-day technological advances, according to an official with BIO, the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
There’s more to the bee pollinator issue than many may think 2
CropLife America executive says USDA, Environmental Protection Agency need to be on equal footing in efforts to improve been pollinator health.
Louisiana grower finds cotton challenging, but rewarding in first year
Moving from corn and soybeans to cotton appears to be working out for Red River Valley producer in Louisiana.
Farmers looking for answers on ‘magic’ acres in new farm bill programs
"Magic" acres could be useful in help farmers with price loss coverage and agricultural risk coverage choices when they sign up for the 2014 farm bill programs.
Switch to continuous corn producing dividends for Webb Farms
Delta farmer working to make continuous corn a success, sees corn as best crop for his soils for now.
GMO labeling initiatives beginning to appear in southern legislatures 1
GMO labeling initiatives beginning to show up at local and state levels in the southeastern states as activists continue to drum up opposition to must-have technology.
Water is key to increases in agricultural productivity, commissioner says
Dr. Mike Strain says farmers will walk a fine line between the need for increased productivity and the increasing difficult regulatory environment in meeting the goal of tripling world food production by 2050.
Commodity prices will be key ingredient in farm bill projections
Sharp drop in commodity prices could have impact on ARC and PLC decisions, FAPRI's Pat Westhoff says.
Crop insurance decisions will require careful analysis, specialists say
Farmers need to run Farm Bill Decision Aid software on their farms to determine ARC or PLC decision, analysts at Texas A&M and Missouri universities say..
Cooperation may be part of key to pollinator puzzle
University of Tennessee entomologists says farmers cannot discount the seriousness of pollinator issue's impact on pesticide applications.
Farm bill decision aid goes live as USDA announces farm bill rules
Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University and Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri closing in on Farm Bill Decision Aid for the Agricultural Act of 2014.
Target spot a ‘seasonal’ disease in west Tennessee cotton?
University of Tennessee researcher conducting research on possible treatments for target spot in west Tennessee cotton.
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