Forrest Laws

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.

Articles
Stabenow farm bill would end direct payments, strengthen crop insurance
Sen. Debbie Stabenow releases draft of 2012 farm bill, pledges deficit reduction and stronger crop insurance-based safety net for producers.
New traits: Soybeans' gleaming future
Are we near the “Decade of the Bean,” as Monsanto’s Roy Fuchs likes to tell visitors to the company’s sprawling research complex in Chesterfield, Mo.?
Farm bill – several paths to passage in 2012 or 2013
The cotton industry — and Congress — will have several options for pursuing a new farm bill over the next few months. Unfortunately, most of them are less than ideal, says the National Cotton Council’s chief Washington spokesman.
Farm Press High Cotton winners faced challenges galore in 2011
While they may not be big fans, each of the winners of this year’s High Cotton Awards can relate to TV’s Survivor contestants.
One-size-fits-all farm bills may be on way out
Rice industry analysts are responding to criticism of rice target price targets
Possible moratorium in the works as NPDES permit nears implementation deadline
Two votes. That’s what’s standing between legislation that would prohibit EPA and the states from requiring NPDES permits to be issued for the application of pesticides over or near water beginning next Tuesday (Nov. 1).
Rate of agricultural productivity increasing but not at uniform rate
World's most populous areas falling behind in rate of food productivity growth.
Congressional spending cuts could void progress on food security
Spending cuts approved by the U.S. House of Representatives threaten to increase the problems of famine in the Horn of Africa and the feeding of hungry people in the United States, speakers at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, said.
National Sorghum Producers outline ongoing budget brouhaha
National Sorghum Producers recap 12 months of bruising budget battles.
Dr. Neil Harl makes quick work of updating book on new tax laws
New book by Iowa State University professor can prove helpful to farmers seeking ways to use farm equipment depreciation to offset tax expenses.
Obama budget proposal targets direct payments
President Obama calls for elimination of direct payments and reduction in federal crop insurance subsidies in recommendations to the Select Committee on the Federal Budget.
Rice producers should shift fertilizer strategies with growing seasons
Rice farmers should change fertilizer application strategies as their seasons evolve, LSU AgCenter researchers say.
NCC advocates change in course on farm policy direction
The National Cotton Council is advocating a switch to an affordable, revenue-based crop insurance program from traditional payment-based farm policy.
Klobuchar, Thune announce ethanol incentives compromise
New Senate compromise would reduce deficit by $1 billion while continuing to provide incentives for ethanol production.
Bill would eliminate ‘unnecessary, duplicative’ regulations for pesticide applications
Full Senate could get H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, if Majority leader schedules vote.
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