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..

USDA grant to help farmers address water quality issues in 174 watersheds

USDA officials announce $33 million will be provided to help farmers and ranchers make conservation improvements to enhance water quality in 174 watersheds across the nation.

Cotton farmer Kenneth Hood
Reducing costs may help cotton producers stay in business
Mississippi cotton producer Kenneth Hood says savings on seed may help pay for cost of controlling root-knot nematodes in the Mississippi Delta
EPA issues new rules for U.S. streams, wetlands.
EPA, Corps of Engineers unveil proposed rule for protecting U.S. waters
EPA, Corps of Engineers say proposed rule will help protect upstream sources of water for farms, cities and businesses.
Farmers zero in on Agriculture Act of 2014 provisions
“If you hold it, they will come.” That paraphrase seems to describe the series of farm bill educational meetings conducted by the National Cotton Council, the USA Rice Federation and the land-grant universities over the last month.
2014 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show Photo Album
Delta Farm Press editors were busy during the 2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, recording the faces of hundreds of attendees. Check out this gallery and see how many you recognize.
Meet your federal crop insurance agent, ‘your new best friend’
National Cotton Council chairman says cotton growers need to take advantage of all the educational opportunities they can before they have to sign up for the new insurance-based farm programs.
Growers could plant 8.2 percent more cotton acres in 2014
National Cotton Council's annual planting intention survey indicates growers could plant 11.26 million acres of 8.2 percent more cotton than in 2013.
Obama signs 2014 farm bill, ending three years of debate, uncertainty
President Obama signed 2014 farm bill, citing importance of agriculture to nation's economic strength
Declining aquifer focusing more attention on irrigation water savings 
Extension specialists helping producers reduce irrigation water and expenses for raising their crops in the Mississippi Delta.
Mid-South Farm & Gin Show App for 2014
The 2014 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show app, available for download to smartphones, tablets and other digital devices, contains schedules of events, information about speakers and exhibitors and a detailed map for navigating the show site, the Memphis, Tenn., Cook Convention Center.
2014 High Cotton Awards presentations very much a ‘family affair’
At a time when many Americans are highly critical of “corporate farming,” the winners of the 2014 High Cotton Awards demonstrated that no matter how large the operation may be, U.S. farms are still, by and large, family-owned businesses.
Management principles can help farms continue to succeed
Treating other family members with integrity and respect is key to making family partnerships work.
Rice plantings could be on the rise in 2014
Arkansas growers could plant nearly 1.5 million acres of rice in 2014 if more normal weather conditions return and corn and soybean prices and production costs continue to soften over the next three or four months. U.S. rice acreage could rise by about 400,000 acres to 2.8 million.
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Planet Money project sheds light on the cotton supply chain from farm to t-shirt factory.
Farmers, agribusiness could be hammered by commodity loan suspension
USDA Farm Service Agency announcement suspending marketing loan processing leaves farmers in the dark on one of their primary crop marketing tools.
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