David Bennett

Associate Editor,
Delta Farm Press

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

Nutrition and dairy face major farm bill fight
Debates on nutrition programs and dairy policy are sure to be a source of rancor as the farm bill marches on.
Honey bee decline all about colony stress 1
How vital are honeybees to U.S. agriculture? Every year, some $20 billion to $30 billion of U.S. production is dependent on pollination. Seventy percent of the crops Americans rely on for food are pollinated mainly by honeybees.
Agriculture data doors to swing open
"Open data" approach hope is to push technology and provide up-to-date agronomic research to the world.
Sugar industry fighting a distorted commodity market
Sugar is the most distorted commodity market in the world because of subsidies and other policies that manipulate the market.
Specialty crops take center stage at farm bill hearing
In 2012, 17 percent of the $391 billion in agriculture cash receipts came from specialty crops.
US food aid model headed for change
The Obama administration will propose revising the U.S. food aid model – used in the Food for Peace and Food for Progress programs -- to allow for purchase of food aid on a local or regional basis.
Corn Belt especially vulnerable after drought challenges
The Corn Belt is particularly vulnerable to repercussions from the 2012 drought.
Agriculture on alert as immigration reform gains steam
As immigration reform momentum builds, agricultural interests are keen to bend the coming legislation to their best advantage.
Agricultural research in scramble for funds
The new reality for agricultural researchers and administrators is a near-constant scramble to find ways to keep research programs afloat.
Devil in the details of farmland leases
“Your livelihood relies on cropland leases and your landlord has significant investment in cropland,” says Grant Ballard, an attorney with Banks Law Firm in Little Rock. “I strongly advise written leases – but not just any written lease. You must pay attention to the devil in the details.”
Sequestration threatens food inspections
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack continues to warn of the consequences of sequester-mandated government program cuts and to defend the responses from the White House and USDA.
Bear market stalking high grain prices?
A key uncertainty is whether the historic drought of 2012 persists through 2013. Another year of drought would likely result in large liquidation and hardship for livestock producers. Historical odds favor a rebound in crop yields, however, which should bring significantly lower prices in 2013.
Farm program sign-up amid sequestration uncertainty
Farm program cuts are among the bunch that have been pushed by some lawmakers as a way to forestall or lessen the blow of the sequester scheduled to take effect on March 1. Other lawmakers appear resolved to let the sequestration take place.
Alternative proposal would end direct payments
Just before spending cuts from take effect on March 1, Senate Democrats, with White House backing, have proposed an alternative to the sequester. The alternative would mean an end to direct payments, which were part of the 2008 farm bill extension passed in early January.
Climate change impact approaching for agriculture, forestry 2
Two new USDA reports are not comforting with claims that increases in temperatures, atmospheric carbon dioxide, altered precipitation patterns and increasing extreme weather events will definitely influence agriculture.
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