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.

New farm bill to provide ‘balanced’ risk management tools for nation’s farmers
Senate Agriculture Committee chair says new farm bill will help farmers in all regions of the country continue to provide an abundant, reliable and safe food supply and help conserve the land and water on which they'll grow it.
California judge dismisses Endangered Species Act 'Mega' lawsuit
A California judge has dismissed a lawsuit which claimed the registration by EPA of more than 380 chemicals without consultations with other agencies could negatively impact 214 endangered species in 49 states.
Brazil case continues to stalk cotton industry
The U.S. cotton industry has a lot at stake in the debate over writing a new farm bill, but U.S. cotton producers have more to lose than other U.S. commodity groups if Congress fails to address one overriding issue.
National Cotton Council Survey projects 9.01 million acres of cotton in 2013
Southwest cotton acres could drop by 24.4 percent in 2013, according to the National Cotton Council’s 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
Cotton producers, other farmers may see steeper budget cuts in new farm bill
National Cotton Council officials say farmers may see higher cuts in farm program spending now that fiscal cliff has been averted and the 2008 farm bill extended for another year.
2013 Farm Press High Cotton winners announced
Cotton has had its ups and downs in the last few years. But that hasn’t stopped the winners of this year’s Cotton Foundation/Farm Press High Cotton awards from trying to produce the best and most environmentally-friendly crops they can.
Fiscal cliff agreement could include farm bill language 1
The longer President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner argue over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” tax and spending crisis, the less likely farmers are to get a new farm bill in time for the 2013 crops.
New CI irrigation book aims at getting the ‘most crop for the drop’
Ed Barnes bristles when someone criticizes cotton farmers for using too much water.
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.
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