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.

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2016 High Cotton Awards ceremony different, but same

The High Cotton Awards program, which seeks to honor some of the nation’s best environmentalists – its cotton farmers – was different in a number of ways this year:

It was the first High Cotton awards ceremony to be held in conjunction with the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., after 21 years with the National Cotton council’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences.

High Cotton winners represent the best of the best 1

This year’s High Cotton Awards will be presented in a different venue, but they will still recognize the best of the best when it comes to growing quality cotton and taking care of the land and water.

For the first time, the High Cotton Awards, which are sponsored by Farm Press Publications through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, will be held in conjunction with the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show at Memphis.

NCC survey: 6.2 percent increase in U.S. cotton acreage

U.S. cotton farmers will increase their acres in 2016 despite the less-than-rosy forecast for cotton future prices, according to the National Cotton Council’s Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.

The survey, released at the NCC’s annual meeting in Dallas, said producers intend to plant 9.1 million acres of cotton, up 6.2 percent from 2015’s 8.58 million acres. The latter were the lowest plantings since 1983.

Bayer takes gloves in fight over Belt insecticide

Bayer’s Crop Science Division announced today it has refused a request by the EPA to voluntarily cancel the uses of flubendiamide in the United States and instead will seek a review of the product’s registration in an administrative law hearing.

“The company believes the methods used by the EPA exaggerate environmental risk and would deny farmers access to a critical pest management tool,” Bayer said in a press release issued from its U.S. headquarters in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.

High Cotton Awards moving to ‘Gin Show’

The High Cotton Awards, which are sponsored annually by Farm Press Publications through a grant to The Cotton Foundation, are moving to a new venue.

Beginning in 2016, the High Cotton winners, who represent the best of the best when it comes to growing cotton in an environmentally responsible manner, will be recognized during an awards breakfast at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show in Memphis, Tenn., Feb. 26.

‘Godzilla’ El Nino could put excitement in cotton market

How strong will it be? That has become the question of the year or maybe the decade for folks in the western half of the U.S. But it could also have a major impact on how much cotton the world’s farmers produce in the coming year.

Jarral Neeper, president of Bakersfield, Calif-based Calcot, gave two scenarios that could develop from the El Nino phenomenon that is current playing out in the Pacific Ocean when he presented the 2016 Cotton Market Outlook at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans Wednesday (Jan. 6).

FDA denies request to require labeling of GMO-containing foods 1

Farm organizations and other agribusiness-related groups were praising the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today for refusing to require labeling of foods made with ingredients from genetically modified crops.

Analysts’ views differ on impact of August Crop Production Report

How high could cotton futures go following USDA’s surprising August Crop Production Report, which lowered the forecast for the 2015 U.S. cotton crop to 13.1 million bales from its previous estimate of 14.5 million bales?

Not as high as you might think, according to participants in the Ag Market Network’s panel of marketing experts who were polled during the Network’s monthly teleconference that followed the release of the first survey-based 2015 production report on Aug. 12.

National Rice Month scholarships expanded

Dow AgroSciences announced an expansion of the USA Rice Federation National Rice Month Scholarship Program from students in U.S.- rice producing counties to students in all U.S. rice-producing states.

High school graduates in the 2015-16 school year can apply for scholarships totaling $8,500.

To apply, students must create a promotional program that highlights U.S.-grown rice for National Rice Month in September. Applicants can submit a synopsis of their promotion in a variety of ways, including in video format, which will be accepted this year for the first time.

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