David Bennett

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.

Articles
Avoiding tricky crop insurance situations
Farmers can avoid some tricky situations if they approach federal crop insurance properly.
Crop insurance minutia a burden on farmers
The producer occupies only one rung on the long crop insurance ladder. Above him is the USDA, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) and the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation. The relationship between the private insurance company offering crop policies and the RMA is governed by the Standard Reinsurance Agreement.
US agriculture still waiting on immigration reform 2
Immigration reform will take a big portion of the legislative spotlight this year, according to a bipartisan group of eight senators offering proposals to deal with the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country.
Wheat breakthrough a path to counter food disaster 1
Higher yields and better breeding of wheat are promised in the wake of researchers recently unlocking the genome of the crop. The stakes are high with alarming claims about coming climate change-caused food catastrophes.
GE salmon still in storm of controversy 2
Opponents of GE salmon have continued to complain about a myriad of issues surrounding the regulatory system. Also in the mix are lawmakers from states where commercial salmon would face competition from their GE cousins.
Farm issues abound: Legislation, labor, taxes and drought
2012 was not an easy ride for too many farmers who watched a vast swath of farmland burn up in drought, Congress dither over a new farm bill, and saw the unintended consequences of several states passing legislation aimed to deal with migrant labor problems.
Farm bill extension response a mixed bag
After a withering, partisan lead-up to the vote, few were popping champagne corks in the aftermath of legislation that brings a farm bill extension.
2008 farm bill extended for nine months 1
Midnight legislation, which contains the 2008 farm bill extension, is expected to raise taxes by some $620 billion by increasing tax rates on incomes over $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for couples.
Fiscal cliff jam has farm bill on knife’s edge
Farm bills always include a provision suspending the implementation of “permanent law.” Without that provision, complex and antiquated, 60-year-old policies – including those that could eventually double the current $3.60-plus price of a gallon of milk -- would come back into force.
Fiscal cliff? Dairy industry may already be falling 3
With the government setting a floor on the price of milk, U.S. dairymen are price-takers not price-makers. However, when that bottom-line price doesn’t cover the input and operational costs required to maintain a minimum profit it’s only a matter of time before their bottom lines begin to bleed.
Financial uncertainty in farm country over TAG program
The agriculture industry is well aware of the imminent threats to federal farm programs. Less well known is the impending demise of the Transaction Account Guarantee (TAG) program, which provides coverage for non-interest bearing transaction accounts in community banks.
USDA looks at impact of ending direct payments
USDA has found that, “an abrupt end to the direct payment program could reduce the number of farms with a favorable financial status (profitable farms having relatively low debt burdens) by about 11,000 nationally, or about 2 percent of farms that received direct payments in 2009.
Biocontrol weapons aimed at invasive pests
Researchers are busy trying to find biocontrol options for invasive species that threaten native plants.
Five-year farm bill still within reach?
A new farm bill can’t come quickly enough for Roger Johnson, National Farmers Union (NFU) president. “We want a bill – a five-year farm bill. We’re doing everything we can to make that happen. We see enormous problems with an extension (of the 2008 farm bill) of any duration.”
Year later, MF Global scandal still smolders 1
During several MF Global hearings, Jon Corzine -- a former New Jersey senator and governor -- claimed he was unaware of the “misuse” of customer funds at the brokerage, a word he used repeatedly. “I didn’t authorize it, didn’t intend to have it happen,” he told the Senate Agriculture Committee last December.
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