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.

Organic food inspections lacking, former inspector says
Former organic food inspector says current inspection system needs overhauling to make sure organic foods are what their growers claim them to be.
Cotton varieties tested on-farm in new CI program
Cotton Incorporated and land-grant universities begin a on-farm testing to help fill the “knowledge gap” on new cotton variety releases.
Smartphones and apps improve farmer efficiencies
Smartphones are taking the consumer world by storm. That’s becoming true, as well, in agriculture where IT experts are dreaming up new uses for the handheld devices almost daily.
Federal crop insurance policies getting lot of attention in 2012 drought
For years, many farmers in the Midwest signed up for federal crop insurance coverage, took the papers and struck them in a file folder or drawer and never looked at them again. But not this year.
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.
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