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.

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.
Farm groups asking Obama to move ahead on all trade fronts
Farm organizations and officials from previous administrations are asking why it's taken so long to put new free trade agreements before Congress.
Vilsack asks: 'Can't we all just get along?'
Agriculture Secretary says U.S. agriculture has room for all sizes of farming operations.
Different farm bill for 'different times'
Senate Agriculture Committee chairman says new farm bill should be "smarter, simpler and more streamlined."
NCC chairman says more budget battles to come
Congressional efforts to trim the federal budget deficit in recent days are a reminder of the need for continued vigilance on the part of farm groups, the National Cotton Council’s chairman says.
Ag group sues EPA on greenhouse gas rules
EPA is flaunting the will of Congress and of the American people by cracking down on greenhouse gas emission violations under its administrative rule-making procedure, says the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and a number of other agricultural organizations that have sued the agency to block enforcement of the new greenhouse gas emission rules that went into effect in January.
Crop consultants going global
In the last 10 years, U.S. farmers have found themselves more and more at the mercy of the global marketplace. These days, U.S. cotton, soybean and corn producers can be affected more by a drought in China or India than one in their own country.
Changes coming in farm programs?
As the new Congress begins to settle in, the agriculture committees of both Houses are expected to begin the initial preparations for writing the next farm bill.
High Cotton winners see cotton as a family affair
High Cotton Award winners say "family" atmosphere of cotton industry makes it special.
High Cotton winners not resting on laurels
130 years. Between them, that’s how long this year’s Farm Press High Cotton Award winners have been farming. But, while they may have had a lot of opportunities to become set in their ways, these farmers rarely shy away from trying new technologies that will help them grow cotton profitably and in an environmentally friendly manner.
American Farm Bureau not dropping direct payments – yet
Eliminating direct payments is a move that is being recommended by some state Farm Bureau organizations. The American Farm Bureau Federation has not taken such a stand.
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