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..

2015 Rice Leadership Class takes center stage
Members of the 2015 Rice Leadership Development Program class were announced during the annual Rice Awards Luncheon at the 2014 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals selected by a committee of agribusiness leaders.
Farmers could switch 1.4 million acres from cotton to other crops in 2015
Cotton growers don't make decisions in a vacuum, and that's certainly true in 2015. The National Cotton Council's Gary Adams talked about prices for other crops and the potential impact on cotton at this year's NCC annual meeting.
Growers talk cotton at National Cotton Council annual meeting
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, cotton industry leaders have certainly seen better times, but they still made the most of their two-day annual meeting at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis.
Dwayne Alford, Gary Adams
NCC survey indicates growers could plant 9.4 million acres of cotton in 2015
Cotton farmers switching to soybeans and peanuts in the Mid-South and Southeast, according to National Cotton Council's Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
Farm Bill Decision Aid setting new participation records weekly
Farmers are beginning to take advantage of the Texas A&M University Agricultural and Food Policy Center's 2014 Farm Bill Decision Aid now that the signup deadlines are approaching.
Cargill breaks ground for new West Memphis, Ark., facility
Cargill contractors moving large amount of material to make new grain facility on the Mississippi River accessible in times of high water and low.
Corn prices with a ‘2’ may be in the offing over life of farm bill
The Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute's forecasts show lower commodity prices over most years of the Agriculture Act of 2014.
Delta farmers meet 5 percent irrigation reporting goal
Growers report results of irrigation well metering on 5 percent of the wells in each of the counties in the Mississippi Delta in 2014.
STAX may be stand-alone coverage in some regions of Cotton Belt
Mid-South cotton yields have been on the rise in recent years, in part, because of the increased use of irrigation and beneficial rainfall patterns. That's one of the reasons growers need to consider their Stacked Income Protection Plan or STAX option in the 2014 farm bill.
Commodity price outlook may impact more than farmers’ bottom lines
Mississippi State University agricultural economists' survey monitoring land values and cash rents in the agricultural regions of the state.
Shallow loss, supplemental coverage important options in new farm bill
Michael Rochelle of the National Cotton Council discusses county-based calculations for STAX and SCO at Mississippi Farm Bureau Winter Commodity Conference.
'Don't wait until last minute' on 2014 farm bill decisions in 2015
FSA officials are asking farmers to begin finalizing farm bill decisions as the deadlines approach for base reallocations, yield updates and program elections.
2015 Mississippi Farm Bureau Commodity Conference - Photos
Mississippi Farm Bureau county chairmen and state officers heard the latest on government and economic polciies and the new farm bill at their Winter Commodity Conference.
Studies show neonicotinoid levels drop as crop season progresses
By the time soybean and cotton plants begin flowering and become more attractive to honey bees the levels of neonicotinoid insecticides in seed treatments have declined significantly, according to university research.
Mississippi specialists respond to neonicotinoid review
Mississippi State University Extension specialists met with EPA and Delta Council officials to discuss neonicotinoid seed treatments and other environmental issues on Jan. 21. MSU's Angus Catchot talked about the specialists response in a panel discussion at the Delta Ag Expo.
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