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.

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.
Farm bill expires, blame game and fallout begins
October 1 was the first day of the 2008 farm bill’s expiration. Agriculture groups marked the occasion with a series of statements underlining the importance of new farm legislation for rural America. Democrats marked it by scolding House leadership for not bringing the legislation to a vote since it was passed out of the House Agriculture Committee in early July.
Boehner confirms no farm bill until lame duck session
On Thursday morning (September 20), House Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the House will not take up the “farm bill issue” until after November elections. Current law is set to expire at the end of this month.
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.
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