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.

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.
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.
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