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.

House spending cuts to directly impact world hunger?
Spending cuts approved by the U.S. House of Representatives threaten to increase the problems of famine in the Horn of Africa and the feeding of hungry people in the United States, speakers at the World Food Prize Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, said.
Farm estate planning made simpler
There are experts such as Neil E. Harl who spend much of their lives pouring through the minutiae of the state and federal tax codes and have the ability to translate their findings into language producers can understand.
Budget battle exposes congressional disorder
National Sorghum Producers recap 12 months of bruising budget battles.
Death knell for direct payments in Obama budget
Direct payments appear to be going down for the count and, barring some miracle, will probably not be bouncing back off the congressional canvas this time around.
Rice producers should shift fertilizer strategies with growing seasons
It could be called a tale of two seasons: Rice farmers have two distinctive periods for fertilizing their crops – pre-flood and post-flood. Managing nitrogen applications for those two seasons and following the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Concept are key ingredients in improving rice yields.
Changes in farm policy direction advocated by NCC
Traditional farm programs have served cotton– and other commodities – well over the decades. But the National Cotton Council says the new federal budget realities mean it may be time for a change.
Ethanol compromise offers $1 billion in deficit savings
New Senate compromise would reduce deficit by $1 billion while continuing to provide incentives for ethanol production.
Bill eliminating burdensome agriculture regulations gains steam
Full Senate could get H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, if Majority leader schedules vote.
Bill would cut nearly $2 billion in ag spending
House-approved funding bill draws applause, criticism from farm, environmental and hunger advocates.
White House blasts bill eliminating Brazil WTO payments
The Obama administration's new statement of policy blasts House Appropriations Committee plan for cutting funding for agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies.
Battle of the Ag Budget continues to heat up over spending cuts
The 2011 Battle of the Ag Budget continues to heat up as attention shifts toward the spending cuts that are expected to be made when the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA and Related Agencies begins its deliberations.
Farm payment eligibility capped at $250,000 by Appropriations Committee
House Appropriations Committee spending plan puts new payment limits on farm income; threatens Brazilian WTO case settlement
Vilsack asks for 'tough choices' on USDA 2012 budget
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asks Senate Ag Committee help agriculture help the country grow out of the deficit.
Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act could stall in Senate
Bill that would eliminate need for permits for pesticide applications over or near water could stall in Senate.
Farm groups urge Obama to move quickly on trade
Obama administration officials are gearing up to ask Congress to pass a U.S.-South Korea Free Trade Agreement. But farm groups and officials from previous administrations are asking the president to move forward with two other FTAs as well.
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