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.

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.
EPA unveils top five 'myth' list about agriculture
Administrator Lisa P. Jackson says EPA’s work and its impact on agriculture has been “mischaracterized” and that myths about the agency’s aims are preventing it from addressing the nation’s environmental problems.
Vilsack asks: 'Can't we all just get along?'
Agriculture Secretary says U.S. agriculture has room for all sizes of farming operations.
Different farm bill for 'different times'
Senate Agriculture Committee chairman says new farm bill should be "smarter, simpler and more streamlined."
Ag group sues EPA on greenhouse gas rules
EPA is flaunting the will of Congress and of the American people by cracking down on greenhouse gas emission violations under its administrative rule-making procedure, says the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and a number of other agricultural organizations that have sued the agency to block enforcement of the new greenhouse gas emission rules that went into effect in January.
Economic realities will bring change to farm programs
A convergence of current economic realities and changes in party alignments will force Congress to take a hard look at farm programs.
High Cotton winners see cotton as a family affair
High Cotton Award winners say "family" atmosphere of cotton industry makes it special.
High Cotton winners not resting on laurels
These are some of the most environmentally conscientious producers we’ve featured in our 16 years of presenting the bronze Cotton Boll awards.
African governments must do more to fight hunger
Africa is the only continent in which food production per capita has declined in the last three decades.
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