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..

Permit levels could make good irrigation targets for farmers
Permits for irrigation wells contain information growers should use as targets for irrigation planning, Mississippi State University irrigation specialist says.
Facts elusive for some U.S. consumers when it comes to rice
Consumers in focus groups in five cities provide eye-opening answers to USA Rice Federation's questions about farmers and rice.
Precision irrigation tools bring water savings to southern farmers
It was almost the irrigation season that wasn’t for corn and full-season soybeans in the Mid-South and Southeast in 2014.
Combine adjustments can help protect harvested grain and add to the bottom line
Driving around farm country at the end of grain harvest can be an enlightening experience. Most fields are mainly covered with corn stover, the stalks and leaves left after the combine passes through the crop.
Don’t become so fixated on pigweed that you overlook other weed and grass problems
It’s easy for farmers to become so preoccupied with glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth that they lose focus on other weed species, such as Italian ryegrass and goosegrass.
Even with a late start, Arkansas’ David Bennett sets yield record
David Bennett was something of a johnny-come-lately to the party high-yielding soybean producers have been throwing in Southeast Arkansas over the last two seasons.
No ‘silver bullet’ in the 2014 farm bill
AgHeritage Farm Credit CEO Greg Cole urges farmers to be diligent in preparing to sign up for the 2014 farm bill program and not expect it to provide a "silver bullet."
USA Rice Outlook Conference - 2014

The USA Rice Outlook Conference drew one of its largest crowds in several years to the State House Convention Center in Little Rock, Ark. Attendees heard the U.S. economy is showing signs of improving and that the prospects for more rice acres and slightly higher rice prices in U.S. rice are good in 2015.

Funding helps Farm Service Agency meet farm bill targets
Farm Service Agency using farm bill "seed" money in 2014 Agricultural Act to keep farm bill implementation on schedule.
‘Providing a front door’ for ag entrepreneurs
Tennessee organizations looking to become more involved in providing startup help for entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for assisting farmers, production.
Stoneville looking at possibility of higher-yielding cotton varieties in 2015-16
Cotton growers could have diversity, higher yields in new Stoneville varieties in coming years.
Beltwide Cotton Conferences: focus on new herbicide-tolerant cotton traits
The 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will include a special section on the adoption of 2,4-D and dicamba-tolerant cotton when they become available in 2015 or 2016.
Tennessee brothers looking to repeat in National Corn Yield Contest
Brothers from west Tennessee are hopeful their 2014 Class A non-irrigated yield will put them in High Cotton on National Corn Yield Contest.
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.
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