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.

FDA denies request to require labeling of GMO-containing foods

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.

The FDA denied petitions filed by the Center for Food Safety and the Truth in Labeling Coalition that requested FDA mandate GMO labels on biotech food products because they were “materially different” from other 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.

SDI systems have bright future in helping feed growing world population
Netafim celebrates 50th anniversary with press conference, new product introduction at World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.
More drip irrigation in alfalfa’s future?
Should alfalfa producers consider putting in my drip irrigation systems. That question was asked several times during the Forage Seminar at World Ag Expo.
Drought changes hay production practices in California
California's long-running drought is causing alfalfa producers to change their production practices and pump more groundwater, a situation that may not be sustainable for producers.
Sun shines on World Ag Expo as record crowds come to see new technology
Sunshine brings out the crowds to the 2015 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.
Near-perfect weather graces 2015 World Ag Expo
This year's World Ag Expo enjoyed three days of great weather and great crowds. General Manager Jerry Sinift says it may be time to consider expanding the world's largest outdoor farm show.
Drought, new water law may lead to more fallowed acres in California
The drought was very much on the mind of World Ag Expo attendees. Tulare producer Mark Watte discusses the impact of the state's new groundwater law during a meeting on the topic.
Beltwide to offer sessions on new herbicide-tolerant cotton traits
From a single cotton field in central Georgia in 2004, glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth has spread from the Southeast to the Mid-South to the Southwest and now into several Midwestern states – all in the space of less than 10 years.
New Penton-Farm Press online course “ABCs of MRLs"
The new continuing education course – The ABCs of MRLs – sponsored by DuPont Crop Protection and development by Penton Ag outlines the maximum residue (pesticide) level issue and how to find information on compliance with regulations established by 150 of America’s trading partners.
California judge dismisses Endangered Species Act lawsuit
Environmental activist groups did not prove the EPA awarded federal registrations for a host of crop protection chemicals that put endangered species at risk in a lawsuit they filed in 2011.
US cotton industry feels weight of WTO case
The U.S. cotton industry has a lot at stake in the debate over writing a new farm bill, but U.S. cotton producers have more to lose than other U.S. commodity groups if Congress fails to address one overriding issue. Besides providing a much-needed safety net for an industry that is reeling from a greater-than-50-percent reduction in cotton prices over the last two years, policymakers also face the challenge of ultimately settling the WTO case filed by the government of Brazil nearly a decade ago.
California, Arizona and New Mexico cotton acres may drop 13.2 percent
California, Arizona and New Mexico cotton acres could drop by 13.2 percent in 2013, according to the National Cotton Council’s 30th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.
Cotton acreage taking big dip in 2013
Across the Cotton Belt, farmers indicated they intend to plant 9.01 million acres of upland and Pima cotton or 27 percent fewer acres than they did in 2012.
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