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.

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.
Corn, cotton, rice acres expected to rise in 2016, USDA reports
Farmers tell USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service they will increase plantings of corn, cotton and rice; decrease soybeans, wheat and peanuts.
Mid-South growers: Good crops in 2015, but not much to show for it
“When you’re making a good crop, and you’re not making any money, you’re in a real dangerous situation,” said Jimmy Moody, a cotton, corn, soybean and wheat producer from Dyersburg, Tenn
El Nino’s end could bring pricing opportunities for producers
China continues to be a big factor in the market because of the roles its played in building up its corn stocks while becoming the world’s biggest importer of soybeans.
2016 High Cotton Awards ceremony different, but same
The 2016 High Cotton Awards Breakfast was different in a number of ways, but it continued to showcase the environmental stewardship of U.S. cotton farmers.
High Cotton Awards ceremony causes winners to reflect
High Cotton Award winners express humor, deep appreciation for family and friends during presentations at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.
2016 High Cotton winners represent the best of the best
2016 High Cotton Award winners are Larry McClendon, Marianna, Ark.; George Warbington Vienna, Ga.; Bill Lovelady, Tornillo, Texas; and Dennis Palmer, Thatcher, Ariz.
Commodity certificates now available for redeeming cotton marketing loans
USDA announces availability of commodity certificates for redeeming cotton in marketing loan to help producers and keep crops moving.
Bayer takes off gloves in fight over Belt insecticide
Bayer seeks to stop EPA’s proposed cancellation of flubendiamide, which exaggerates risk and would deny farmers a valuable tool in battling damaging insects.
Cotton leaders not ready to throw in the towel on oilseed designation
“We continue to believe the current farm bill allows for this authority for USDA, and many Members of Congress share that belief," PCG President Shawn Holladay said.
Cotton industry looking for help to avoid economic disaster
The National Cotton Council proposes the agriculture secretary designate cottonseed as an “other oilseed,” which would make cottonseed producers eligible for the same program benefits as soybean, canola, sesame, safflower, crambe and other oilseed producers.
High Cotton Awards moving to ‘Gin Show’
Beginning in 2016, the High Cotton winners, who represent the best of the best when it comes to growing cotton in an environmentally responsible manner, will be recognized during an awards breakfast at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 26
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