Forrest Laws

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
Organic food inspections lacking, former inspector says 2
Former organic food inspector says current inspection system needs overhauling to make sure organic foods are what their growers claim them to be.
Cotton varieties tested on-farm in new CI program
Cotton Incorporated and land-grant universities begin a on-farm testing to help fill the “knowledge gap” on new cotton variety releases.
Smartphones and apps improve farmer efficiencies
Smartphones are taking the consumer world by storm. That’s becoming true, as well, in agriculture where IT experts are dreaming up new uses for the handheld devices almost daily.
Federal crop insurance policies getting lot of attention in 2012 drought
For years, many farmers in the Midwest signed up for federal crop insurance coverage, took the papers and struck them in a file folder or drawer and never looked at them again. But not this year.
Gov. Bryant: agriculture’s economic role often underrated
Agriculture continues to be the mainstay of the economy in Mississippi and other Mid-South states, and, as such, it should be promoted and protected — not neglected, said Gov. Phil Bryant at this year's Delta Council annual meeting.
Stabenow farm bill would end direct payments, strengthen crop insurance 1
Sen. Debbie Stabenow releases draft of 2012 farm bill, pledges deficit reduction and stronger crop insurance-based safety net for producers.
Cotton Council seeking other options besides ‘one-size-fits-all’ farm bill 1
National Cotton Council leaders are having to learn to deal with uncertainty given the federal budget crisis and the need to revisit the nation’s four- or five-year farm legislation in the midst of a presidential election year.
Commodity organizations set crop insurance as top farm bill priority
Four of the nation’s major farm organizations have released a statement saying that an affordable crop insurance program will be their No. 1 priority for the 2012 farm bill debate.
New traits: Soybeans' gleaming future
Are we near the “Decade of the Bean,” as Monsanto’s Roy Fuchs likes to tell visitors to the company’s sprawling research complex in Chesterfield, Mo.?
Cotton yield gains slowing as biotech cotton acreage tapers off
Cotton yield increases appear to be leveling off until scientists find the next big thing in cotton technology.
Farm bill – several paths to passage in 2012 or 2013
The cotton industry — and Congress — will have several options for pursuing a new farm bill over the next few months. Unfortunately, most of them are less than ideal, says the National Cotton Council’s chief Washington spokesman.
2012 High Cotton winners – in ‘Survivor’ mode 1
Each of the winners of the 2012 High Cotton Awards can relate to television's Survivor contestants. All have overcome challenges that might have proved too daunting for others on their way to building successful farming operations.
Raising corn yield gains not ‘rocket science,’ agronomist says 1
Corn growers can increase the rate of yield gains by paying attention to yield influencing factors, Purdue agronomist says.
One-size-fits-all farm bills may be on way out 1
Rice industry analysts are responding to criticism of rice target price targets
Senate ‘holds’ open path for NPDES permits
A total of 68 senators were believed to be willing to vote for the passage of legislation that would have clarified that Clean Water Act permits are not required for the application of federally-labeled pesticides over water. But the arcane rules of the Senate prevented a vote in advance of Monday’s (Oct. 31) expiration of the stay of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ January 2009 ruling in National Cotton Council, et. al. v. EPA.
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