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..

Prevention part of Matt Miles’ approach to growing soybeans
Matt Miles says disease prevention is a big part of the production system that has produced back-to-back 100-bushel soybean yields on his southeast Arkansas farm.
Matt Miles talks soybeans at National Conservation Systems Conference
Arkansas Soybean Association Yield Challenge winner discusses soybean production practices at National Conservation Systems Conference.
USDA announces deregulation of dicamba-tolerant trait in cotton and soybeans
USDA announces deregulation of dicamba-tolerant trait in cotton and soybeans; sets up wait for registration decision on new dicamba herbicide formulations.
2015 National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference Photos
The National Conservation Systems Conference continued to attract a large number of producers, university scientists and industry members to hear the latest information about new technologies and the agricultural outlook.
Agricultural scientists digging into pollinator issues in cotton, corn, soybeans
Mid-South Extension entomologists update their findings on neonicotinoid insecticide levels in field borders, field crop flowers, nectar and pollen during Beltwide Cotton Conference presentation.
Farm Press, The Cotton Foundation continue environmental partnership
The Cotton Foundation and Farm Press continue to partner on showing environmental stewardship at its best in the High Cotton Awards program.
Cotton futures could show some life due to Chinese quality issues, falling oil prices
New crop cotton futures could be higher this spring if China begins to import more cotton than its World Trade Organization commitment requires, market analyst says.
‘Bale of cotton is not the same as bushel of soybeans’
Some of China's reserve cotton has been in storage for nearly five years. Dr. O.A. Cleveland says Chinese mills are already experiencing problems spinning that cotton and that could have market implications.
World cotton acreage could decline by 10 percent in 2015 season
Cotton producers the world over will reduce their plantings in 2015, but it may not make a major difference in cotton futures, according to market analysts like Dr. O.A. Cleveland.
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.

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