David Bennett

David
Bennett
Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

Articles
China, farm bill implementation, trade top cotton issues for 2014
China’s burdensome cotton supply continues to concern National Cotton Council officials as they look at key issues heading into 2014.
Senate passes farm bill
No one was particularly surprised Tuesday when the Senate passed the farm bill and sent it on for President Obama’s signature
New farm bill moves out of conference

The House could vote this week and the Senate may vote in early February.

Brazilian trade retaliation threat prompts NCC response
Backed by a favorable World Trade Organization ruling and the threat of cross-retaliation, several Brazilians were quoted in a Reuters report (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/14/brazil-cotton-usa-idUSL2N0KO23...) saying the new farm bill is unlikely to address their concerns.
Crop insurance, target prices, SNAP funding priorities for farm bill debate
Timing of White House report aimed at pushing farm bill conferees to reach a deal quickly.
Senate appoints farm bill conferees
Just hours after the federal government shutdown Tuesday and the 2008 farm bill extension expired, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid moved toward a new farm bill conference committee by re-appointing Senate conferees.
How will government shutdown affect agriculture?
As the day wears on, chances of a government shutdown grow ever more likely.
Congress faces monumental task with farm bill
Nutrition funding will play a huge role as Congress takes up farm legislation when they reconvene after the August recess.
Obama administration pressures House to pass immigration reform
White House report states agriculture in trouble without change in immigration laws
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Republicans not interested in passing farm bill?
Democrat agriculture leaders in both the House and Senate express concerns about passing a farm bill before the Sept. 30 deadline.
Will congress pass a farm bill in time?
Nutrition, seafood inspection, other issues hamper farm bill progress.
House farm bill fails on 195-234 vote
Long running effort to pass farm bill in House of Representatives fails again as Republicans, Democrats criticize spending cuts.
Conservation, crop insurance and the sugar program
Wednesday's farm bill debate on the Senate floor ranged over a number of issues including the tie-in of crop insurance and conservation, GMO labeling and the sugar program.
Waterways infrastructure bill passed by Senate
An aging waterways infrastructure desperately needs refurbishing and modernizing. The Senate has taken steps to deal with that need by passing the Water Resources Development Act.
No smoking gun found as cause of honeybee decline and die-offs
Joint USDA/EPA report on honeybee decline points to variety of causes.
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