Forrest Laws

Director of Content,
Farm Press

Forrest Laws, director of content for the Penton Media Agriculture Group, spent 10 years with a metropolitan daily newspaper before joining Delta Farm Press in 1980. He has written extensively on farm production practices, crop marketing, farm legislation, environmental regulations and alternative energy. He now oversees the content creation for Delta, Southeast, Southwest and Western Farm Press and for BEEF, Corn and Soybean Digest, Farm Industry News, Hay & Forage Grower and National Hog Farmer. He resides in Memphis, Tenn.

House passes transportation bill without SAFE Trucking Act
Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act passes the House and is headed for a House-Senate conference committee facing a Nov. 20 deadline.
Foreign governments outspending U.S. on cotton subsidies four-to-one 1
U.S. cotton industry organization CEO says U.S. cotton producers are tired of being kicked around over subsidies when foreign governments are outspending U.S. four-to-one.
Peanut harvest gaining steam after slow start
Peanut expert Tyron Spearman says storage will be adequate for most of 2015 peanut crop except for specific areas where farmers may have to seek alternatives.
Farmers urged to sign up as soon as possible for farm bill coverage
Not too early to enroll in farm bill programs.
Weather delays could make 2015 memorable for South Texas grower
Weather is a major factor in south Texas agriculture every year. The alternative Burns’ employee was referring to was the years in which crops in the Lower Rio Grande Valley have received almost no rainfall to speak of from emergence to harvest.
George LaCour: 2015 High Cotton Award for Delta Farm Press
George LaCour farms in a part of the world where it’s not much of an exaggeration to say he could grow almost anything he wants. But LaCour likes to grow cotton, and, although these are not the best of times for the crop, he continues to plant as much cotton as the weather and the market will allow.
2015 High Cotton Winners - shared love of land they farm
They farm in different regions of the country and in very different ways, Rick Morgan, George LaCour, R.N. and Ronnie Hopper, and Mark Watte and their families all share a love of the land they farm, of the communities where they work and live and, especially, of growing cotton. For those and other reasons, they are the winners of the 2015 High Cotton Awards.
Watch marketing year average price to help farm bill decisions
Farmers have numerous choices in the Agricultural Act of 2014 or 2014 farm bill, and those choices are there because someone fought for them, Texas A&M University economist says.
Gary Adams named to be next president, CEO of Cotton Council
Gary Adams will succeed Mark Lange as National Cotton Council CEO, who has announced he will retire at the end of February, 2015.
Bee pollinator issue more complicated than folks think
EPA reports: “There is no increase in soybean yield using most neonicotinoid seed treatments compared to no pest control at all.”
Farmers should do own analysis for farm program decisions
Declining prices affect farm program decisions.
Battle over “Waters of the United States,” begins with release of proposed rule
The EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have released a proposed joint rule for protecting U.S. Waters.
Farm bill finally enacted into law
President Obama completed the final leg of a journey that has taken some five years to complete by signing the 2014 Agriculture Act.
Family values on display at High Cotton presentation
Family plays a major role in a cotton farmer’s success, according to the latest inductees into the prestigious list of High Cotton Award winners who singled out brothers, parents and spouses as key factors in the farm operation.
New farm bill to provide ‘balanced’ risk management tools for nation’s farmers
Senate Agriculture Committee chair says new farm bill will help farmers in all regions of the country continue to provide an abundant, reliable and safe food supply and help conserve the land and water on which they'll grow it.
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