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.

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.
RFA to G20: Blaming biofuels won’t end hunger
Biofuel groups ask G20 and Congress to focus blame for higher fuel prices on oil companies and commodity speculation.
House-passed funding bill would cut nearly $2 billion in ag spending
House-approved funding bill draws applause, criticism from farm, environmental and hunger advocates.
White House pans House Appropriations bill eliminating Brazil WTO payments
The Obama administration's new statement of policy blasts House Appropriations Committee plan for cutting funding for agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies.
Budget battle shifting to agricultural appropriations subcommittee in the Senate
Farm groups are placing their hopes in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Agriculture and Related Agencies to restore spending cuts by House panel.
House Appropriations Committee caps farm payment eligibility at $250,000
House Appropriations Committe.e spending plan puts new payment limits on farm income; threatens Brazilian WTO case settlement
Vilsack asks Senate committee to make 'tough choices' on USDA 2012 budget
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asks Senate Ag Committee help agriculture help the country grow out of the deficit.
H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, faces uphill battle in Senate
Bill that would eliminate need for permits for pesticide applications over or near water could stall in Senate.
Delta farmers bracing for long battle with flood waters
Flood conditions could last into June for Delta region, Corps of Engineers officials say.
EPA administrator says ‘myths’ dogging agency’s steps
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson defends agency from critics' claims of burdensome regulations.
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