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.

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.
Bill to be introduced to fund Pigford settlement
Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and two fellow senators announced they will introduce a bill to fund the $1.15 billion settlement that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack negotiated with black farmers in February.
Damper for the wheat markets?

Traders on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and Chicago Mercantile Exchange were looking for more bullish news in USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates.
They didn’t get it, according to Helen Pound, an analyst with Penson GHCO. Pound, guest commentator on the Minneapolis Grain Exchange’s monthly Crop Report Conference Call, said the numbers may prove to be a downer for the wheat markets.

Jobs threatened by atrazine ban
The U.S. economy struggled to add 83,000 private sector jobs during the month of June, a figure seen by some as a sign
History lost on agriculture critics
George Santayana is reported to have said, “Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Michael
Disputes over Chinese trade practices
The salesmen for three Far Eastern manufacturing companies must have been surprised when they got to the BAUMA
Jumping to conclusions on global warming
Few topics have evoked as much comment as a UN Food and Agriculture Organization study that claimed meat production is
No-payment-limit farm bill?
Could the 2012 farm bill be written in a way that payment limits would not be an issue? That’s the possibility raised
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