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..

Dicamba-tolerant cotton on track for 2015 launch; soybeans slated for 2016
Monsanto planning to bring dicamba-tolerant cotton to market in 2015; will delay soybean trait until 2016 -- assuming all regulatory approvals are in place.
Louisiana rice crop ‘late, uneven,’ LSU AgCenter specialist says
The Louisiana rice crop is about two weeks late and uneven, according to Louisiana State University rice specialists. That means this year's rice crop will not be the match of last year's.
New post-directed product for cotton addresses pigweed, grasses
New Zidua post-directed herbicide label in cotton could provide longer residual control of problem weeds, including pigweed and grasses.
Precision agriculture will play key role in nation’s security, retired general says
John Castellaw, retired general who now heads precision agriculture firm, says precision agriculture and national security will go hand in hand.
UAV Symposium attracts farmers, consultants, suppliers to Memphis, Tenn., Agricenter
The Delta AgTech Symposium offered attendees an opportunity to see Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs in the field, in this case in the crop demonstration areas at the Memphis, Tenn., Agricenter in Memphis, Tenn.
UAV integration manager says FAA on track to meet September 2015 deadline
FAA's manager of Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration says FAA is making a lot of progress, but it can't circumvent the rulemaking procedures Congress has imposed on writing regulations for UAVs for commercial use.
Rice field day draws crowd despite threat of rain
Rice Research Station field day participants have learned to come dressed for hot, humid weather. This year's field day wasn't like that at all, but attendees still got into the spirit of learning about new technology, including a demonstration of an unmanned aerial vehicle, which was held outside.
A task force is working to find ways to preserve the Mississippi Delta aquifer
Water, dollar savings come to those who wait for proper time to irrigate 1
With seemingly abundant water supplies from rainfall and an alluvial aquifer, many can’t understand why anyone would have to irrigate in the five Delta states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. Crop histories show, however, that at some point in almost every season, irrigation pays dividends in the five-state region.
2014 World Food Prize honors man who helped launch ‘Green Revolution’ 2
World Food Prize will go to scientist who worked side-by-side with Dr. Norman Borlaug at the start of the Green Revolution.
Runoff data empowers farmers to do more, specialist says
Farmers showing a willingness to do more to make sure nutrients don't leave their farms, University of Arkansas water quality specialist says.
USDA moving with ‘all due speed’ to implement the new farm bill
Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden says she and her farm bill implementation task force are charged with implementing the farm bill quickly, but also "getting it right" in speech at annual Delta Council meeting.
Intermittent showers fail to rain out Delta Council Day
It was raining when many participants arrived for the 79th annual meeting of the Delta Council in Cleveland, Miss. But, true to the saying, "It never rains on Delta Council Day," the storms held off long enough for attendees to enjoy the traditional catfish lunch, albeit in a parking lot rather than the Delta State University Quadrangle.
USDA launches ‘new era’ with details of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program 1
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow teamed up to announce new Regional Conservation Partnership Program that will address water quality issues through public-private partnerships.
USDA grant to help farmers address water quality issues in 174 watersheds

USDA officials announce $33 million will be provided to help farmers and ranchers make conservation improvements to enhance water quality in 174 watersheds across the nation.

Cotton farmer Kenneth Hood
Reducing costs may help cotton producers stay in business
Mississippi cotton producer Kenneth Hood says savings on seed may help pay for cost of controlling root-knot nematodes in the Mississippi Delta
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