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..

2014 farm bill’s provisions making life more difficult for farmers
Farm bill expert Bill Bridgforth says provisions of 2014 farm bill leave much to be desired, but they could become worse if more changes are made.
Growers have more options to help get through the 2016 downturn
Farm lender participants may begin a "sorting out" if the current economically stressful times in agriculture continue for a lengthy period.
‘Better mousetrap’ can help prevent pesticide spills
New closed transfer system promises to help growers avoid pesticide spills, improve container cleanout and more easily prepare them for recycling.
Land, equipment values could be keys to surviving economic adversity
Farmland values have been holding steady in the Mid-South, but prices of used equipment are another matter, according to AgHeritage CEO Greg Cole.
Delta could lose one-fourth of its farmers in 2016 economic downturn
Greg Cole, CEO of AgHeritage Farm Credit Services, says Mid-South could lose the bottom fourth of its producers before the current economic downturn ends.
EPA committee reportedly classifies glyphosate as ‘not likely carcinogenic’
EPA Cancer Risk Assessment Committee completes report on glyphosate not likely to be a carcinogen; report is pulled from EPA website.
Stressful times may require farmers to get help with bankruptcy
With stressful times occurring across agriculture in the Mid-South and elsewhere, more growers may need the services of a good bankruptcy attorney.
Iowa lawsuit pits voluntary conservation against increased regulations
Des Moines Water Works lawsuit seeking to force drainage districts in Iowa to pay for nitrate removal may be delayed, attorneys report.
WOTUS rule could increase cost, frustration on CWA 404 enforcement
EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule appears to be here to stay, will further complicate Clean Water Act "navigable water' interpretations.
World mill use needs to rebound for cotton prices to advance: Part III
World cotton mill use declined nearly 20 million bales between 2006 and 2011 but has since begun to rebound. Much more improvement is needed, NCC officials say.
Mid-South Ag Law Conference covers wide range of issues in Memphis
Mid-South Agricultural and Environmental Law Conference presents intense sessions on the issues that confront farmers in difficult economic times.
China has pulled back on cotton but remains a major player: Part II
China's reduction of subsidies and decision to reduce its reserve stocks will impact cotton market, but no one is sure how just yet, NCC official says.
China announces rules for sale of 9 million bales of reserve cotton
China's announcement it plans to sell 2 million tons of cotton from its reserves may finally provide answers about the quality of those bales.
U.S. decline mirrors fall in Chinese cotton import numbers: Part I
As Chinese reserve stocks have climbed and imports fallen, world cotton prices have dropped right along with the declining imports.
U.S. cotton industry says little evidence of dumping in Turkish market
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway urged Turkish government to drop "baseless" charges of dumping of U.S. into its market.
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