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.

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.
Open data a treasure trove for world agriculture?
"Open data" summit of G8 countries winds up after taking "first step" to provide agriculture-related research and statistics to the world.
Specialty crops take center stage at farm bill hearing
Immigration took up a large portion of April 24 hearing on horticulture and a new farm bill.
Brazil sugar industry receives massive government subsidies
A recently-released report looks at the market-distorting Brazilian government subsidies provided to its sugar sector.
Senate immigration reform plan has agriculture backing
Having been a driving force behind the Senate’s earlier introduction of immigration reform, on Wednesday afternoon (April 17) a broad coalition of agricultural interests convened to explain and back the legislation.
Drought leaves 2013 growing season vulnerable
Repercussions of the 2012 drought are set to challenge the 2013 growing season. The Corn Belt is especially vulnerable.
Immigration reform heats up, agriculture watching closely
Immigration reform continues to build momentum in Congress. As migrant workers are a vital component of the U.S. food and fiber sector, agricultural interests are keen to bend the coming legislation to their best advantage.
Aging inland waterways infrastructure to be rehabbed?
An aging U.S. waterway infrastructure – which carries more than 60 percent of America’s grain and other commodity exports -- may be set to get a funding boost from Congress that will allow for more than a facelift.
Major farm bill shift for ASA
Amid continuing budget concerns and a need to not be caught flat-footed when Congress again takes up a new farm bill, the American Soybean Association has shifted positions on what the new legislation should contain.
Agricultural research continues funding scramble
In recent years, university agricultural research funding has too often been short. The new reality for researchers and administrators is a near-constant scramble to find ways to keep research programs afloat.
Climate change reports warn of major agriculture, forestry impacts
The USDA has released two comprehensive reports on expected effects of climate change on agriculture and forestry. The reports will be part of the upcoming National Climate Assessment.
Crop insurance: Mind the minutia
The policy between the producer and an insurance company isn’t just a standard insurance policy -- it’s federal law. As such, it must be strictly complied with. Every provision has to be satisfied by the producer.
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