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.

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.
Cotton producers to receive counter-cyclical payments
USDA announces the final payment rates for counter-cyclical payments for cotton and peanuts.
Sustainability and biotech crops in Europe
Gabriela Cruz is an anomaly in Europe. She plants a genetically modified crop – Bt corn – and she’s pushing the EU to allow other farmers to grow them.
Former U.N. chief says Africa’s food outlook changing
Africa stands poised to “turn the corner once and for all” on building food and nutrition security and helping lift itself out of poverty.
Food production growth not keeping pace 1
If the world’s farmers are to grow enough food to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050, they’d better get a move on.
Cotton Outlook A Index at 15-year-high 1
As December cotton futures continue to bounce around the dollar per pound mark, growers are getting another lesson in the old axiom that the cure for low prices is, well, low prices.
Peterson introduces legislation voiding NPDES permit rule
A U.S. 6th Circuit Court ruling that would require a permitting system for all applications of pesticides over or near bodies of water is beginning to attract congressional attempts to override the ruling and restore FIFRA as the governing document for those applications.
EPA’s NPDES permit plans too ‘optimistic’
The EPA’s plans for finalizing and implementing its NPDES general permit for applications of pesticides over water could result in a number of adverse consequences for farmers and small businesses.
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