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..

Vilsack announces $720 million in new conservation projects in U.S.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announces next phases of Regional Conservation Partnership Program funding to help improve environmental quality of farmland.
Rep. Crawford: Reopening the farm bill will not help: Part III
Congressman Rick Crawford says the farm bill Congress writes in 2018 should take another look at direct payments -- under a different name.
Rice an important crop for Arkansas producers, world: Part II
Arkansas congressman promoting one of his district's top crops with Rice Krispy treats, facts as he works to extend markets to countries like Cuba.
Improving water quality, quantity goal of two new NRCS programs
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service accepting applications for programs that could help improve water quality and quantity in two Mississippi regions.
Rice a critical part of Food Assistance programs: Part I
Congressman Rick Crawford, other members sign letter urging USDA and the U.S. Agency for International Development to include rice in food aid.
Crawford: Rural communities ‘hurt’ by cottonseed proposal rejection
Rep. Rick Crawford says rural economies may be hurt the most by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's saying no to designation of cottonseed as an other oilseed.
More cotton acres in 2016? NCC survey shows 6.2-percent increase
National Cotton Council's Early Season Planting Intentions Survey shows growers intend to plant 6.2-percent more cotton acres in 2016.
Conaway says farm bill gives Vilsack OK for cottonseed designation
House Agriculture Committee Chair Mike Conaway takes issue with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's interpretation of cottonseed eligibility as oilseed.
Bayer takes off gloves in fight over Belt insecticide
Bayer seeks to stop EPA’s proposed cancellation of flubendiamide, which exaggerates risk and would deny farmers a valuable tool in battling damaging insects.
New UA variety offers premium in low-price cotton era: Part III
Marianna, Ark., producer Nathan Reed continues his discussion of conventional vs. GMO cotton varieties in this video from the National Conservation Systems Conference.
Commodity certificates now available for redeeming cotton marketing loans 1
USDA announces availability of commodity certificates for redeeming cotton in marketing loan to help producers and keep crops moving.
Comparing conventional and GMO weed control costs in cotton: Part II
Marianna, Ark., producer Nathan Reed is growing conventional cotton on his farm, outlines cost differences for weed control under two systems.
Cotton leaders not ready to throw in the towel on oilseed designation
House Ag Committee chair, cotton industry leaders say they will continue search for assistance to farmers in time of low prices and poor demand.
Nathan Reed: Surviving with 'un-conventional' cotton in 2016: Part I
Arkansas producer expanding plantings of conventional cotton to try to survive the current cost-price squeeze in the Cotton Belt.
Wetland Mitigation Banking Programs could help conservation efforts
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announces establishment of new Wetland Mitigation Banking Program to help fill in the gaps between conservation programs.
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