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..

House passes transportation bill without SAFE Trucking Act
Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act passes the House and is headed for a House-Senate conference committee facing a Nov. 20 deadline.
New U.S.-Cuba relationship needs to be two-way street
Pre-embargo trade with Cuba had Cuba shipping more agricultural products to the United States than the U.S. was shipping to Cuba, USDA trade expert says.
Consolidated Grain and Barge Company in Tunica, Miss.
Consolidated Grain and Barge opens new grain terminal in Tunica County
Consolidated Grain and Barge's new grain terminal on the Mississippi River near Tunica, Miss., was designed with shorter lines in mind for grain deliveries.
ICE to begin trading new world cotton contract
ICE to begin trading world cotton contract that includes delivery points around the world as well as those traditional locations in the United States.
Foreign governments outspending U.S. on cotton subsidies four-to-one
U.S. cotton industry organization CEO says U.S. cotton producers are tired of being kicked around over subsidies when foreign governments are outspending U.S. four-to-one.
Cotton needs a new hula hoop to spin prices higher
Cotton futures need some new fashion craze or some development in supply and demand fundamentals to help them break out of the 60-cent trading range they're stuck in now.
USDA issues initial ARC and PLC payments to farmers
USDA begins making ARC and PLC payments -- less the 6.8 percent sequestration reduction -- for the 2014 program crops.
Mississippi shines spotlight on Sunbelt Expo
Mississippi showed Sunbelt Expo attendees how everything is sweeter in Mississippi in its Spotlight State exhibit at the 600-acre grounds of "North America's Premier Farm Show" in Moultrie, Ga.
Peanut harvest gaining steam after slow start
Peanut expert Tyron Spearman says storage will be adequate for most of 2015 peanut crop except for specific areas where farmers may have to seek alternatives.
MSU President Mark Keenum opens Spotlight State exhibit
Mississippi State University's Mark Keenum and Farmer of the Year Allen Eubanks open Mississippi's Spotlight State exhibit at Sunbelt Expo.
U.S. producers playing catch-up in expanding trade with Cuba
U.S. should get off the sidelines and restore trade with Cuba, says Arkansas congressman who introduced new bill for expanding trade with Cuba.
Competitors’ tariffs cost U.S. rice producers 1.3 million tons in exports in 2013 1
International Trade Commission study shows foreign government price support programs have major impact on global rice trade.
Being so efficient not always best thing for U.S. farmers: Part II
Can farmers switch crop mix to include more produce to serve local markets? Congressman Crawford says, yes, they could if.....
Bridging the gap to new technology: Part I
Congressman Rick Crawford says farmers in his district use some of the most advanced technology available, but more innovations may be required if they are to remain profitable and increase production.
Dr. John Robinson to discuss cotton outlook at U of A webinar
Texas A&M University cotton marketing specialist will discuss outlook for cotton market for remainder of 2015 and into 2016.
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