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..

U.S. cotton acreage could decline to 9.4 million to 9.8 million in 2015
Analysts are suggesting that U.S. cotton plantings could reach between 9.4 million and 9.8 million acres in 2015, which would be down 10 percent to 11 percent from 2014.
Cotton industry will turn around, Delta High Cotton winner says
Louisiana cotton producer George LaCour says he believes cotton industry will turn around -- he just wants to live long enough to see it.
2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences - Photos
The Beltwide Cotton Conferences continue to bring information about new technology to the cotton industry during the annual information exchange.
George LaCour finishes challenging year with High Cotton Award
2015 High Cotton Award winner George LaCour reflects on the current state of farming and the opportunity to bring his daughter into the operation.
George LaCour: 2015 High Cotton Winner - photos
George LaCour’s dedication to cotton, his years of service to the cotton industry and his work to protect the water and the land he farms in the lower Mississippi Valley led the editors of Delta Farm Press to name him the winner of the 2015 Cotton Foundations/Farm Press High Cotton Award for the Delta region.
Farmers George and Catherine LaCour
George LaCour: 2015 High Cotton Award for Delta Farm Press

George LaCour farms in a part of the world where it’s not much of an exaggeration to say he could grow almost anything he wants. But LaCour likes to grow cotton, and, although these are not the best of times for the crop, he continues to plant as much cotton as the weather and the market will allow. And he continues to hope the crop’s fortunes will rebound soon.

‘Don’t bet the farm’ on the Agriculture Act of 2014, ag lender says
Farmers need to surround themselves with knowledgable people who can help them make the best decision on farm bill programs they will have to live with for the life of the 2014 farm bill.
How cool was it in the Mid-South in 2014?
2014 was one of the coolest years on record in Arkansas and other Mid-South states. The National Weather Service's John Lewis talked about 2014 and the outlook for 2015 in this video from the Agricultural Council of Arkansas annual meeting in Little Rock.
George and Catherine Lacour
2015 High Cotton Winners - shared love of land they farm
They farm in different regions of the country and in very different ways, Rick Morgan, George LaCour, R.N. and Ronnie Hopper, and Mark Watte and their families all share a love of the land they farm, of the communities where they work and live and, especially, of growing cotton. For those and other reasons, they are the winners of the 2015 High Cotton Awards.
Center pivot rice could expand market options for Delta growers
Growing rice under center pivots may not be for everyone, but it could help expand options for growers who want to grow the crop on non-traditional rice soils.
Sub-irrigation could be plus for growers in suitable soils 1
Sub-irrigation, which drains fields when they're wet and irrigates them when they're dry could benefit fields that are conducive to the practices in the Delta region>
Grain bins providing added flexibility for Delta grain producers
Growers get helping hand from landlord in building grain bins to help smooth out their harvest, marketing of corn, soybeans and rice.
‘Set it and forget it’ one of benefits of multiple-inlet rice irrigation
Multiple side-inlet rice irrigation can help farmers water their fields more efficiently, thus saving them time and money, according to Earl Kline, a Bolivar County, Miss., producer who has worked with the technology. Kline spoke at the first Delta States Irrigation Conference.
Falling oil prices not raising all boats 1
Falling oil prices are having a positive effect on consumers' pocketbooks, but could have negative effects eventually because of the interconnectedness of the world economy. RaboBank's Rob Sabo explains why in this video from the Agricultural Council of Arkansas annual meeting.
Federal Reserve poised to raise interest rates in 2015 or 2016
The Federal Reserve Board recently ended its quantitative easing or QE program, and business leaders have been speculating on when it will begin to raise interest rates. RaboBank's Rob Sabo discussed the issue in a speech at the Ag Council of Arkansas' annual meeting.
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