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.

Higher wheat yields and better breeding to follow genome mapping?
Higher yields and better breeding of wheat – which accounts for some 20 percent of the earth’s population calorie intact -- are promised in the wake of researchers recently unlocking the genome of the crop.
Farm issues abound: Legislation, labor, estate taxes and drought
On Sunday morning (Jan. 13), Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) president, took to the podium at the opening of the AFBF annual meeting carrying a long list of farm country issues – both tribulations and triumphs -- to highlight.
Farm bill extension draws mixed response
A nine-month extension of the 2008 farm bill – tied to legislation allowing Congress to step away from the “fiscal cliff” – was secured following a late-hour House vote on Jan. 1.
2008 farm bill extended nine months 1
The 2008 farm bill has been extended for nine months.
Confidence plunges on chances for new farm bill
Now, just days away from year’s end and with a new farm bill – or even an extension of the 2008 farm bill – tied up in the “fiscal cliff” budget debates in Washington, D.C., the inability of the major legislative players to strike a deal looms large.
Groups warn against further financial uncertainty in farm country
The Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program, which provides coverage for non-interest bearing transaction accounts in community banks, is set to expire on December 31.
New USDA study looks at impact of end of direct payments
In a new study, the USDA’s Economic Research Service has found that, “an abrupt end to the direct payment program could reduce the number of farms with a favorable financial status ... by about 11,000 nationally, or about 2 percent of farms that received direct payments in 2009.
Farm bill leaders: five-year bill still within reach
While budget negotiations have predictably devolved into partisan sniping, farm bill leaders are expressing optimism that a new farm bill can be quickly passed.
Migrant labor, feeding America and looking for solutions 1
The American Farm Bureau Federation has crafted an agriculture-specific proposal to provide migrant workers with an “ag card” — part of a temporary work program that would function alongside the H2-A visa program.
EPA denies Renewable Fuels Standard waiver request
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) mandate requested by several state governors and backed by ranchers, dairies and poultry operations.
How will farm bill be tackled during lame duck session?
A long list of pressing issues awaits congressional action during the lame duck session. Chief among them is what to do with a new farm bill.
MF Global a year on: reports, investigations and a nervous agricultural sector
It has been just over a year since the collapse of commodities brokerage MF Global and the disappearance of some $1.2 billion -- much of it invested by the U.S. agriculture sector -- in illegally-accessed, and supposedly segregated, customer funds.
U.S. rice to hit Chinese supermarket shelves in 2013?
In mid-October, the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) received a draft protocol from the Chinese government on requirements for importing U.S. milled rice.
Beltwide session to address irrigation options, update research
The 2013 Beltwide conference is set to run from January 7 through 10 in San Antonio. Sure to be well-attended: an irrigation session scheduled for the afternoon of January 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Jousting continues over Renewable Fuel Standard mandate
The USDA’s downward revision of the drought-hit U.S. corn crop (from 10.73 billion bushels to 10.71 billion bushels) was followed by an unsurprising rise in the market price for the commodity, which hit over $7.74 per bushel. While farmers cheered the price bump – both wheat and soybeans also enjoyed increased prices -- the tug-of-war between the livestock/poultry sectors and ethanol industry over the dwindling corn supply shows no sign that either side is about to give ground.
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