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 by Forrest Laws
2013 World Food Prize to go to three biotechnology pioneers
Three pioneers in the development of biotechnology or genetically engineered crops will receive the World Food Prize in ceremonies in Des Moines, Iowa in October.
House must not overlook environmental provisions in new farm bill debate
Debate over Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act or FARRM expected to focus on spending cuts, but other provisions deserve full consideration as well.
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair brings sunshine to Delta Council Day
They say it never rains on Delta Council Day. Organizers of the annual meeting for the Delta’s unofficial Chamber of Commerce had a close call on May 17.
New farm bill to provide ‘balanced’ risk management tools for nation’s farmers
Senate Agriculture Committee chair says new farm bill will help farmers in all regions of the country continue to provide an abundant, reliable and safe food supply and help conserve the land and water on which they'll grow it.
California judge dismisses Endangered Species Act “Mega” lawsuit
U.S. District Court judge grants motion to dismiss "Mega" lawsuit involving 380 pesticides that environmental activists claimed threatened 219 endangered species.
2013 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show photos
Farm Press editors were busy photographing participants and visitors at this year's Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. This photo gallery is the product of their work.
Brazil case continues to stalk cotton industry
The U.S. cotton industry has a lot at stake in the debate over writing a new farm bill, but U.S. cotton producers have more to lose than other U.S. commodity groups if Congress fails to address one overriding issue.
Mid-South Farm and Gin Show app returning for 2013 run
Making plans to attend the 2013 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show? Then why not plan to take the 2013 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show app along with you?
National Cotton Council Survey projects 9.01 million acres of cotton in 2013
National Cotton Council annual acreage forecast puts 2013 cotton plantings at 27 percent lower than in 2012 due to higher grain prices.
Cotton producers, other farmers may see steeper budget cuts in new farm bill
National Cotton Council officials say farmers may see higher cuts in farm program spending now that fiscal cliff has been averted and the 2008 farm bill extended for another year.
Sales tax exemptions will continue for Arkansas ag purchases
Arkansas' governor and speaker of the House say they will not support any effort to change the state's sales tax exemptions for ag purchases.
2013 High Cotton winners overcome adversity to keep crop viable
Cotton has had its ups and down in the last few years. But that hasn’t stopped the winners of this year’s Cotton Foundation/Farm Press High Cotton awards from trying to produce the best and most environmentally-friendly crops they can.
Fiscal cliff agreement could include farm bill language 1
The longer President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner argue over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” tax and spending crisis, the less likely farmers are to get a new farm bill in time for the 2013 crops.
Arkansas rice producers expected to cut acres – unless…
Arkansas farmers could decrease rice plantings by 162,000 acres, depending on how rice prices and prices for other crops fall into place by spring.
New irrigation publication - ‘most crop for the drop’
Ed Barnes bristles when someone criticizes cotton farmers for using too much water. The director of agricultural and environmental research for Cotton Incorporated used to respond, defensively, that only 36 percent of the cotton grown in the United States is irrigated.
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