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.

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.
Farmers may see steeper budget cuts in new farm bill
Farmers may see higher cuts in farm program spending now that fiscal cliff has been averted and the 2008 farm bill extended for another year.
2013 Farm Press High Cotton winners announced 1
The Cotton Foundation/Farm Press High Cotton Award winners for 2013 — Chad Crivelli, Dos Palos, Calif.; John Wilde, San Angelo, Texas; Johnny Little, Holcomb, Miss.; and Linwood Vick, Wilson, N.C., — have continued the High Cotton Award traditions of growing good, profitable cotton in an environmentally friendly manner.
Fiscal cliff solution may include farm bill language
The longer President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner argue over how to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” tax and spending crisis, the less likely farmers are to get a new farm bill in time for the 2013 crops.
Arkansas may decrease rice acres in favor of corn, soybeans
Arkansas, the No. 1 rice-producing state in the U.S., may decrease rice acreage in favor of corn or soybeans in 2013 if prices for the latter continue to remain at or near their currently high levels.
Organic food inspections lacking, despite USDA program 2
When Mischa Popoff, currently a policy advisor for the Heartland Institute, says the current system for certifying organic foods is flawed, he’s not just another conventional-agriculture advocate complaining about expensive organic food.
Smartphones and apps taking agriculture by storm 1
Twenty-five years ago, CB radios were all the rage. Then came cell phones. Now smartphones are taking the consumer world by storm. That’s becoming true, as well, in agriculture where IT experts are dreaming up new uses for the handheld devices almost daily.
Stabenow draft ends direct payments, boosts crop insurance
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow has released a new draft farm bill that would eliminate direct payments but increase risk management provisions while reducing farm program expenditures by $23 billion.
Cotton industry dealing with more uncertainty
National Cotton Council leaders are having to learn to deal with more uncertainty given the federal budget crisis and the need to revisit the nation’s four- or five-year farm legislation in the midst of a presidential election year.
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