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.

U.S.-Cuba policy initiatives do little to help U.S. rice exports
Obama administration announces more changes aimed at improving relations with Cuba; rice sales not affected, USA Rice says.
ARC-County, PLC 2015 payments begin arriving in farmers’ mail boxes
USDA begins making $7 billion in ARC-County and PLC payments due to sharply lower prices for 2015 program crops, Secretary Vilsack announces.
Sen. Grassley says merger wave has become ‘tsunami’
Sen. Grassley cites revenue losses on his own farm in hearing on proposed mergers between Bayer AG and Monsanto and other agricultural input suppliers.
Bayer, Monsanto officials agree to create ‘innovative engine’ for ag
“The combination with Monsanto represents the kind of revolutionary approach to agriculture that will be necessary to sustainably feed the world as we enable growers with a broad set of enhanced agricultural solutions,” said Werner Bauman, CEO of Bayer AG.
USDA continues to say record crops are in the offing
USDA forecasting good weather conditions in the Midwest and High Plains will more than make up for crop losses in the Mid-South states.
Cotton Research and Promotion Program Hall of Fame announced
Cotton Incorporated announced the 2016 class of the Cotton Research and Promotion Hall of Fame. The program recognizes U.S. cotton industry leaders who have made significant contributions to the Cotton Research and Promotion Program or to cotton.
Changes at EPA causing more than heartburn for farmers: Part II
Environmental activist groups are doing a "masterful job" manipulating EPA and the courts to threaten products needed by producers to grow their crops.
Sorghum Producers concerned about future of sugarcane aphid control
National Sorghum Producers seeking more certainty for products needed to control sugarcane aphids outbreaks in growers' crops.
Rice one of the most manipulated crops, including in the U.S.
U.S. rice industry attempting to persuade Obama administration to make more use of rice in food programs to offset damage from Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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.
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