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 by David Bennett
Would an ‘ag card’ labor proposal work for agriculture? 1
To help alleviate labor shortages in U.S. agriculture, an AFBF working group has proposed work authorization for “a limited population of key workers that have agricultural experience and will continue to work in agriculture to remain in status on what we call an ‘ag card.’"
How will lame duck farm bill be handled?
Moving on new farm legislation may prove difficult following national elections that largely maintained the status quo in the Senate and House.
Prospects improving for meaningful steps toward immigration reform
“After 10 years of waiting for comprehensive immigration reform, congressional lawmakers are starting to ask: ‘Can we fix some pieces of this now, rather than waiting for a complete remodel?’"
Rough stretch for U.S. catfish industry hard to shake
Input costs are only one front where U.S. catfish producers are under pressure. Despite continuing issues with inspections of imported seafood, some lawmakers have rigidly argued against moving inspections from the FDA to the USDA as called for in the 2008 farm bill.
Beltwide to address irrigation options, update research
The 2013 Beltwide conference is set to run from Jan. 7-10 in San Antonio. Sure to be well-attended: an irrigation session scheduled for the afternoon of Jan. 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
US rice poised for Chinese supermarkets
In mid-October, APHIS received a draft protocol from the Chinese government on requirements for importing U.S. milled rice. Now in the hands of U.S. mills for study and response, the document is one of the final steps to opening up the Chinese market – perhaps as early as 2013.
EPA set to make RFS decision in November
While farmers cheered a price bump – both wheat and soybeans also enjoyed increased prices -- the tug-of-war between the livestock/poultry sectors and ethanol industry over the dwindling corn supply shows no sign that either side is about to give ground.
Produce industry monitoring fallout from immigration labor laws 1
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with Arizona’s controversial immigration law, what will happen in states with similar laws? What will be the impact on produce operations that rely on migrant work crews?
Farm bill blame game begins
Oct. 1 is the first day of the 2008 farm bill’s expiration. Agriculture groups marked the occasion with a series of statements underlining the importance of new farm legislation for rural America. Democrats marked it by scolding House leadership for not bringing the legislation to a vote since it was passed out of the House Agriculture Committee in early July.
Farm bill clock set to strike midnight
House Speaker John Boehner confirmed that the House will not take up the “farm bill issue” until after November elections. Current law is set to expire at the end of this month.
Stabenow warns of 'Depression-era farm policy'
House leadership is unlikely to be moved to action by a fellow lawmaker’s scathing critique. But that didn’t stop Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, from making such a harsh assessment.
Farm bill expiration near: eight legislative days remain
Eight legislative days remain before the current farm bill expires on Sept. 30. That’s scant time for the House to pass farm legislation and then conference with the Senate.
Farm bill trouble as midnight nears
There seems to be few concrete answers about what Congress will do to address the farm bill situation when lawmakers return from August recess. With a national election season in full swing there is little chance for House farm bill action.
Ethanol waiver requests pick up 2
As cries continue for an EPA waiver of the government’s ethanol production mandate, a new study considers what might happen to corn prices if a waiver is granted. Among the takeaways: a waiver won’t be a quick fix for rising corn prices.
Nervous global food market eyes US corn crop
With the 2008 food-price riots in developing nations still fresh in mind, non-governmental agency analysts are wary of where this year’s diminishing U.S. corn yields might lead. With much of U.S. farm country under a punishing drought -- along with reports that world food prices have gone up some 6 percent in the last few weeks -- corn prices have spiked.
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