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.

HAC Chairman: Changes needed to help those living in poverty
Rep. Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, says hearings are aimed at helping families find a way out of poverty.
Cotton portion of farm bill will get rewrite in 2018, Conaway says
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway said committee members will rework the cotton language when it begins deliberations on the 2018 farm bill.
GOP Platform calls for separate 2018 farm bill and SNAP programs
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, says congressional ag leaders will have to work through GOP platform plank on SNAP, farm bill.
Cotton prices rise on commodity funds and fundamentals
The recent jump in cotton futures is being attributed to buying by commodity hedge funds, but there are reasons the funds moved in, analysts say.
Getting up to speed on the new Worker Protection Standard
EPA's new Worker Protection Standard rules will begin taking effect next January. Extension specialists such as Kim Pope Brown are working to help farmers prepare.
European Commission re-extends glyphosate authorization
European Commission votes to re-extend authorization for glyphosate, prompting criticism from Monsanto and U.S. farm organizations.
Extension will give producers more time to get information on restructuring
FSA estimates there are about 15,000 general partnerships and joint ventures included along with the 1.7 million individual farmers who participate in the Farm Service Agency safety net programs.
Ag’s upcoming challenges: climate change, carbon
Delta F.A.R.M.'s Trey Cooke says climate change and carbon are the next trains coming at agriculture; says Delta F.A.R.M. is trying to prepare for it.
Farm groups want extension of USDA's program eligibility deadline
More than 70 farm groups sign letter asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to extend the deadline for receiving approval for restructuring from county and state FSA committees.
EPA committee reportedly classifies glyphosate as ‘not likely carcinogenic’
EPA Cancer Risk Assessment Committee completes report on glyphosate not likely to be a carcinogen; report is pulled from EPA website.
WOTUS rule could increase cost, frustration on CWA 404 enforcement
EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule appears to be here to stay, will further complicate Clean Water Act "navigable water' interpretations.
China has pulled back on cotton but remains a major player
China's reduction of subsidies and decision to reduce its reserve stocks will impact cotton market, but no one is sure how just yet, NCC official says.
Emerging Leaders selected for 2016-17 National Cotton Council program
U.S. cotton’s central organization needs leaders who are willing to embrace the responsibilities that come with working to ensure a healthy future for the U.S. cotton industry.
Representative farms showing little but red ink over next four years
“The results for our feed grain and oilseed farms, as well as wheat and cotton farms, are the worst (in terms of the highest percentage of farms in the poor category) since the late 1990s,” said Joe Outlaw, co-director of the Agriculture and Food Policy Center.
Grassley authors new bill limiting ‘non-farm’ managers
The bill would close “a farm subsidy loophole that was intentionally included in the 2014 farm bill,” according to the senator.
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