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David Bennett

David Bennett, associate editor for Delta Farm Press, is an Arkansan. He worked with a daily newspaper before joining Farm Press in 1994. Bennett writes about legislative and crop related issues in the Mid-South states.

in Farm Press Blog May 01, 2013

A new farm bill, specialty crops and onerous government regulations

Will specialty crops maintain a prominent place at the negotiating table when the new farm bill write-up begins in mid-May?....More

Chris Bennett

A native of Helena, Ark., Bennett is a graduate of Missouri State University.

He has been an associate editor with Farm Press for five years.

in Farm Press Blog Feb 26, 2014

Greenpeace knows no shame in Golden Rice battle

Golden rice, a means to prevent the deaths of millions of children from vitamin A deficiency, is actively opposed by groups like Greenpeace....More

Cary Blake

Cary Blake, associate editor with Western Farm Press, has 32 years experience as an agricultural journalist. Blake covered Midwest agriculture for 25 years on a statewide farm radio network and through television stories that blanketed the nation.

 Blake travelled West...

in Farm Press Blog Aug 20, 2014

Safeway stakeholders reject anti-GMO labeling proposal

A news release from the National Center for Public Policy Research (NCPPR) hit my computer Inbox recently which outlined the Safeway grocery store chain’s recent rejection of an anti-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) mandatory labeling proposal. At the August Safeway shareholders annual meeting in Pleasanton, Calif., Safeway....More

Hembree Brandon

Hembree Brandon, editorial director, grew up in Mississippi and worked in public relations and edited weekly newspapers before joining Farm Press in 1973. He has served in various editorial positions with the Farm Press publications, in addition to writing about political, legislative,...

in Farm Press Blog Feb 19, 2013

Defending agriculture: five major trends that pose a threat to American farming

Environmental activists have one goal, says Washington attorney Gary Baise: putting agriculture out of business....More

Slate Canon

Slate Canon joined Farm Press in 2006 as an associate editor, with primary responsibility for the company's Web sites, daily newsletter, and other electronic products.

in Farm Press Blog Oct 18, 2012

2nd Annual Cotton Photo Contest winners announced

Congratulations to our winners!! I have been very pleased with the response for the contest and I want to thank everyone that entered and voted on our 2nd annual photo contest!....More

Harry Cline

Harry's 45-year journalism career covers both daily newspapers and agricultural magazines. He was Western Farm Press' first editor and has more than 35 years of experience covering all aspects of high value, irrigated Western agriculture. He is a former member of the California Chapter...

in Farm Press Blog Jan 13, 2014

The ‘Junkyard Dog’ is slowing down

Earl Williams never bought a return bus ticket to Arkansas as he once threatened a few years back when California cotton acreage dipped below 200,000 acres in 2009, the smallest acreage since 1932. Earl’s first bus trip to California was in 1958 when, as a teenager, he came to California to join his family. His father had been a....More

Paul Hollis

Paul Hollis is a native of Alabama who received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Auburn University. He served as business editor and city editor for a daily newspaper and as publications and news editor for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System before joining Farm Press in 1990....

in Farm Press Blog Jan 03, 2013

Views of rural America, U.S. agriculture range from less relevant to resurgent

Before you become depressed at Vilsack’s dismal December message, consider a starkly different one from Christopher Dutton, a professor at Vermont Technical College, who writes on the Huffington Post website that his state is experiencing a “renaissance” in agriculture, and he expects the resurgence to spread throughout rural America....More

Forrest Laws

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...

in Farm Press Blog Jul 09, 2013

Farm bill or food stamps? Congress must decide vexing issue

The debate over food stamp spending is creating a roadblock for new farm legislation that must be overcome if new farm bill is to be passed....More

Ed Phillips

Ed Phillips, managing editor of Delta Farm Press, is a native Mississippian and had daily/weekly newspaper and magazine experience before joining Farm Press in 1977. He has served in various editorial management positions for the company's farm, equipment, and professional turf management...

in Farm Press Blog Mar 31, 2011

An energy-independent U.S.

President Obama, in a speech today outlining his administration’s national energy policy, set a goal of reducing U.S. oil imports by one-third over the next decade....More

Roy Roberson

James R. (Roy) Roberson began his career in agricultural communications as an assistant editor of agricultural research and teaching in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture and Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station. When he retired from Auburn University in 2004, he was head of...

in Farm Press Blog Mar 18, 2013

Is a fearless female leader what U.S. agriculture needs?

Perhaps we should take a look at our neighbors to the South — as in South America, in particular in Brazil, for some valuable lessons on how to improve our plight via hard-nosed business and political practices — and simply by doing the right thing. Take the case of Katia Abreu, a Brazilian politician, farmer and outspoken advocate of....More
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