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.

Biotechnology Researchers Receive 2013 World Food Prize 2

Three pioneers in the development of biotechnology-derived crops have been named as recipients of the 2013 World Food Prize. The winners of this year’s prize, created by the late Dr. Norman Borlaug to honor leaders in the fight to defeat world hunger, were announced at a ceremony at the U.S. State Department where Secretary of State John Kerry was the keynote speaker.

Commodity Organizations Set Crop Insurance as Top Farm Bill Priority

Four of the nation’s major farm organizations have released a statement saying that an affordable crop insurance program will be their No. 1 priority for the 2012 Farm Bill debate. The statement comes as the House and Senate Agriculture Committees announced a stepped up committee hearing schedule that may presage an effort to actually begin writing the next four- or five-year farm bill in April.

Former Presidents of Ghana, Brazil named World Food Prize Laureates

John Agyekum Kufuor and Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva have been chosen to jointly receive the 2011 World Food Prize. The winners of the prize, founded by the late Dr. Norman Borlaug in 1986, were announced during ceremonies at the U.S. State Department today.

Mississippi Governor Calls Flood Threat ‘Monumental’

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said the combination of heavy rains from the violent storms that have hit Mississippi and high water levels on the Mississippi River could produce a flood that will be “monumental” in the annals of his state.

Democrat vs. Republican Impact On Your Next Farm Bill

What will a projected Republican takeover of the House mean for farm programs?

EPA Pesticides Application Permit Plans are “Too Optimistic” 1
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plans for finalizing and implementing its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for applications of pesticides over water are “overly optimistic” and could result in a number of adverse consequences, one of the agency’s critics says
Crop Producers Seek Relief on Pesticide Regulations
Congress should take steps to ensure the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) is given priority
Controversy Over Atrazine Continues to Escalate
As U.S. growers wrap up planting an estimated 90 million acres of corn this spring, there’s a good chance many of those
Will Future Farm Bills Allow for No Payment Limit?
Could the 2012 farm bill be written in a way that payment limits would not be an issue? That’s the possibility raised
Farmers: Earth’s True Stewards
Today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. For most of its history, environmental groups have latched on to Earth Day
Passing On Postemerge | Postemerge Herbicides Not Providing the Weed Control They Used To
It may have been fun while it lasted, but the days of planting your crop, spraying your fields a couple of times with a
Corn and Soybeans Supported by Demand
U.S. corn, soybean and wheat farmers are benefiting from record demand at home and abroad, demand which is preventing
Will Glyphosate Fall to the Wayside as Resistance Grows?
Glyphosate's become one of the most widely used herbicides, eclipsing even atrazine as the workhorse of chemical weed
Senators Oppose EPA on Greenhouse Gases
Farm organizations are welcoming the decisions of the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee
Insurance Endurance
Are federal crop insurance programs about to take center stage in the national farm policy debate? For years, crop

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