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
Farm Bill Now rally ups pressure to pass new farm bill
Backed by 88 agriculture organizations and associations, the recently-formed Farm Bill Now coalition held a Wednesday rally on Capitol Hill aiming to push lawmakers to move a new farm bill.
Isaac, crop damage and passing a new farm bill
During a Thursday morning (August 30) press conference, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed Hurricane Isaac’s effect on Southern crops and held out hope that a new farm bill can be passed by Congress before current law expires on September 30.
Pressure mounts to pass farm bill
Currently on their August break, lawmakers – particularly those in the House -- have been getting an earful from rural constituents about their inability to pass a new farm bill.
Deadline approaches as new farm bill lingers
Thirty-nine days remain until the current farm bill expires. While it may be a while before a farm bill is earnestly tackled by the full Congress, a new FAPRI study compares the programs already proposed by both the Senate and House.
Intense drought and high corn prices continue as ethanol waiver requests pick up
As cries continue for an EPA waiver of the government’s ethanol production mandate, a new study out of Purdue University considers what might happen to corn prices if a waiver is granted. Among the takeaways: a waiver won’t be a quick fix for rising corn prices.
Alarm bells ringing: World food prices rising
With the 2008 food-price riots in developing nations still fresh in mind, non-governmental agency analysts are wary of where this year’s diminishing U.S. corn yields might lead. With much of U.S. farm country under a punishing drought -- along with reports that world food prices have gone up some 6 percent in the last few weeks -- corn prices have spiked.
Ethanol quota waiver fight intensifies
Looking to cushion the forecast of diminishing U.S. corn yield, a myriad group of domestic and international interests has called on the EPA to waive the government-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard, which places a quota on ethanol production.
Drought and cattle: few good options, considerations for 2013
More than half of Arkansas is now in “exceptional drought” – the worst designation of the U.S. Drought Monitor. While much of the state’s row-crop land has been spared the worst of the drought, the same isn’t true for many ranchers.
Obama: farm bill “single best” way to assist rural America
Following a Tuesday (August 7) meeting with the White House Rural Council, President Obama ratcheted up pressure on Congress to pass a new farm bill calling the legislation “the single-best way that we can help rural communities … in the short term, but also in the long term.”
House drought disaster legislation, summary released
This week the House is expected to vote on a disaster relief package for those impacted by lengthy drought.
House passes $383 million in disaster relief 1
Just hours before adjourning for the August recess, the House passed a $383-million disaster aid bill to help U.S. ranchers cope with the drought.
House drought disaster legislation, summary released
This week the House is expected to vote on a disaster relief package for those impacted by lengthy drought.
Tussle over government ethanol mandate heats up as drought lingers
As a prolonged drought saps U.S. corn yields, a tug-of war over shrinking stocks has intensified between livestock/poultry producers and proponents of the government-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard.
House to vote on extension of current farm bill?
A one-year extension of the current farm bill – once a non-starter among many veteran farm-state lawmakers -- is being considered as a path toward not only passing a new farm bill but ensuring disaster relief reaches drought-struck farms and ranches.
House leadership lambasted for farm bill intransigence
A prolonged drought across a wide swath of rural America has left farmers and ranchers in an increasingly precarious financial situation. And the need to ease pressure on bottom lines is providing lawmakers with the impetus to loudly call for the full House to debate a new farm bill.
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