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.

Biofuel industry punches back at RFS waiver claims
The convergence of high heat, lingering drought, rising livestock feed prices and fear of the same for world food prices has put a rapidly diminishing U.S. corn yield in the spotlight.
Obama ratchets up pressure for new farm bill 1
After a meeting with the White House Rural Council, President Obama ratcheted up pressure on Congress to pass a new farm bill calling the legislation “the single-best way that we can help rural communities … in the short term, but also in the long term.”
Livestock industry gets $383 million in disaster relief
The House passed $383 million in disaster aid to help U.S. ranchers hammered by the drought engulfing much of the United States. The vote for the Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act, H.R. 6233, was 223-197 and came just before Congress recessed for five weeks.
Ethanol mandate fight heating up 2
As a prolonged drought saps U.S. corn yields, a tug-of war over shrinking stocks has intensified between livestock/poultry producers and proponents of the government-mandated Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). While the ethanol industry says that corn and feed prices are minimally impacted by the RFS, cattlemen and poultry producers continue to claim just the opposite – a claim they have made for years.
Farm groups opposed to 2008 farm bill extension
The American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, the National Milk Producers Federation and National Farmers Union all rejected the idea of extending current farm law set to expire at the end of September.
House blasted for farm bill stance
A prolonged drought across a wide swath of rural America has left farmers and ranchers in an increasingly precarious financial situation. And the need to ease pressure on bottom lines is providing lawmakers with the impetus to loudly call for the full House to debate a new farm bill.
Corn Belt on edge of drought abyss
Official parameters to declare a full-on, serious drought for the Corn Belt may not yet have been met. But with continuing triple-digit temperatures and a lack of rain, the situation could easily tip.
Time grows short for farm bill action
The draft farm bill released by the House Agriculture Committee on Thursday would cut USDA program spending $35 billion over ten years while providing farmers a target price-based system -- likely to please many in the South -- along with ramped up crop insurance (including a Supplemental Coverage Option). Committee mark-up of the bill will begin July 11.
Produce work crews eye court rulings warily
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with Arizona’s controversial immigration law what will happen in states with similar laws? How will produce operations that rely on migrant work crews be impacted?
Produce work crews, Supreme Court rulings and industry needs
Closely tied together, the U.S. produce industry and migrant work crews have both been closely following developments with state laws aimed at undocumented labor.
Produce work crews eye court rulings warily
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has dealt with Arizona’s controversial immigration law what will happen in states with similar laws? How will produce operations that rely on migrant work crews be impacted?
Farm bill crosses Senate finish line
Early Thursday afternoon, the Senate passed its version of the farm bill on a 65-34 vote.
Farm bill webinar offers open access June 21
The National Agricultural Law Center is preparing to lead a Thursday (June 21) webinar on farm bill legislation. The webinar, open to anyone around the country, will begin at 11 a.m. (central) and is expected to run for an hour. Those who miss the live session can access an archived copy.
Farm bill amendments trimmed to final 73
With a vote on the Senate farm bill expected sometime this week, lawmakers will continue with votes on a series of wide-ranging amendments on Wednesday. Earlier this week, in a deal between parties to move the legislation, the list of amendments to receive votes was trimmed from some 300 to 73.
Farm bill stirs political strife
Farm bill strife between political parties has already arisen. Southern lawmakers remain dissatisfied with how proposed programs treat rice and peanuts, and non-agriculture amendments threaten to gum up the system.
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